CBS Corporation Assistant General Counsel in Studio City, California

Assistant General Counsel

REF#: 26358

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Studios

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff




CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of primetime and late-night programming for broadcast, basic and premium cable. The Studio’s roster of primetime programs includes the phenomenally successful "NCIS" franchise; the critically acclaimed series "Madam Secretary," "Jane The Virgin," "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Reign"; the hit dramas "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Scorpion"; the summer event series "Zoo"; and the new dramas "BrainDead" and "American Gothic." The Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show "The Talk" and the late-night talk shows "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "The Late Late Show with James Corden" make up the Studio’s daytime and late-night roster. For CBS All Access, the Studio produces the highly anticipated new "Star Trek" series, as well as the upcoming spinoff of broadcast television’s most acclaimed drama, "The Good Wife." The Studio’s new series for the 2016-2017 season are "Bull," "Doubt," "The Great Indoors," "Kevin Can Wait," "MacGyver," "Man With a Plan" and "Pure Genius" for the CBS Television Network; "No Tomorrow" for The CW; and "Incorporated" for Syfy.


This position is as a studio production lawyer for CBS Television Studios, a leading producer of television programming for network, cable and digital media. The attorney will be responsible for drafting and negotiating agreements in all areas of television development and production, including services agreements for producers, writers, directors and actors; rights acquisition agreements; production services agreements; co-venture agreements; and other production-related agreements. The attorney also will act as the show attorney for certain television pilots and series, and in that capacity will handle day-to-day production legal matters and counsel productions and studio executives in connection with all aspects of television development and production, including contractual issues; clearance issues involving copyright, trademark, defamation and rights of privacy; and publicity and promotional activities. This position also includes reviewing and analyzing contracts and providing risk assessments with regard to chain-of-title and derivative rights issues and intellectual property matters.


  • Juris Doctorate, admission to state bar and strong academic credentials are required.

  • Candidate must have at least 3-4 years of experience working as a transactional lawyer in a law firm and/or as an in-house counsel.

  • Successful candidate must excel at drafting; have excellent communication (written and verbal), negotiation, interpersonal and analytical skills; and have the ability to effectively manage competing priorities in a time-sensitive environment.

  • The position requires good judgment; a team-oriented attitude; a willingness to handle novel matters and projects outside of usual area of practice; and the ability to work and communicate well with producers and other production personnel and with other departments, including Business Affairs negotiators.

  • Some knowledge of defamation, privacy, trademark and copyright law is preferred.

  • Experience working at a studio, network or other entertainment company, especially in scripted television production, and experience with guild issues are pluses.


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