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ViacomCBS Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, BET in Hollywood, California

About The Brand

BET Networks, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news, and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET's growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

Overview and Responsibilities

Love unscripted TV? We do, too! Our new Vice President, BALA, for ViacomCBS Media Networks will provide day-to-day business and legal affairs services for this group in Hollywood , on primarily BET Networks- branded programming, with a focus on unscripted development and production! Come be our operational leader on high-level deals and projects and handle a heavy volume of matters relating to both “in-house” and third party productions.

Our BALA department handles unscripted programming, news programming, tent-poles and works closely with the networks’ Management teams as well as many other departments (including Programming, Talent, Publicity, Music & Media Licensing, Labor & Employment, Risk Management, Pre-Broadcast Content Review, Intellectual Property & Litigation and Accounting/Finance).

  • Primary duties will include structuring, drafting and negotiating complex agreements (e.g., rights acquisition, producer, writer, production services, and talent agreements, format licenses, venue and location releases, etc.)

  • Performing and/or supervising day-to-day legal production work for presentations, pilots, specials and series, and advising and consulting with clients and outside production companies regarding production-related legal matters (including guild, union and other employment law issues)

  • Reviewing and approving legal contracts for execution by management

  • Participating in and contributing to strategic deal discussions and researching issues; providing complex risk assessment for production-related matters; advising and communicating with various other departments within Viacom Media Networks regarding exploitation of original programming across all media platforms

  • Counseling the client groups on a wide variety of other legal matters, including guild/union and labor issues, IP rights, off-channel marketing and promotions, insurance, product integrations, online and music issues

Basic Qualifications

  • Ideal candidate should be a member of the California Bar(s) with at least 10 years plus of transferable experience (ideally with a minimum of 8 years of business/legal affairs experience in a network, studio, entertainment law firm or production company environment)

  • Comprehensive working knowledge of television industry agreements, guild and union regulations (WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA), contract law and intellectual property rights (as applicable to the entertainment industry) is required, along with a proven capability for legal research, analysis and reasoning

  • Excellent drafting, negotiation, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, organizational and computer skills are also a must

Additional Qualifications

  • Proficiency in entertainment industry customs and practices and proven ability to successfully negotiate and interact with agents, managers and outside attorneys

  • Experience working on unscripted production deals is a definite plus

  • Build strong internal client relationships, effectively advise senior-level executives under conditions of uncertainty, high pressure and/or high-risk and generate strong client satisfaction through critical thinking and firm decision-making

  • Innate ability to multi-task under pressure, manage a varied, high-volume workload efficiently and smoothly and operate independently with minimal supervision

  • Analyze fact patterns and devise creative solutions that allow network executives to execute their creative vision in compliance with corporate policies and guidelines while minimizing overall legal and business risk

  • May be required to supervise and/or train junior executives, contract managers and/or legal assistants so management experience a definite plus

  • Passion for BET brand and unscripted TV is strongly preferred

We work as a team in a highly collaborative manner. You should have a cooperative, positive and hardworking spirit*


ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.

At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. ViacomCBS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

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Location : CityStateForPosting Hollywood, CA

Job Locations US-CA-Hollywood

Brand BET

Function Legal/Standards & Practices

Job Type Full-Time Staff

iCIMS ID 2020-15033