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CBS Corporation Vice President Legal & Business Affairs in Los Angeles, California

Vice President Legal & Business Affairs

REF#: 33233

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Studios International

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff




CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 60 languages across multiple media platforms. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. The Studio participates in a number of international channel ventures and also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production around the world. CBS Studios International has 13 offices around the world, including its base in Los Angeles and EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.

We offer:

  • A very dynamic international work environment

  • Being part of a leading, global mass media company which is rapidly expanding

  • Excellent compensation and benefits

  • Opportunity to learn new skills and capabilities and being part of a dynamic, international legal and business affairs team


We are currently recruiting a Vice President Legal & Business Affairs based in our main office in Los Angeles. Reporting to the SVP Legal & Business Affairs of CBS Studios International, the VP Legal & Business Affairs is a key team member of our Legal and Business Affairs team in Los Angeles ensuring legal compliance and optimizing our business objectives and company goals. Applicants must enjoy working in a very fast paced, team-oriented atmosphere within a constantly evolving international industry.


  • Negotiating and drafting the best linear and non-linear TV distribution deals possible to help achieve the commercial objectives of the business while minimizing the legal risk to the company

  • Advise senior management in connection with complex legal matters

  • Responsibilities will include working closely with senior management, advising on, structuring, negotiating, drafting, and reviewing for execution a variety of agreements for the licensing and exploitation of CBS, Showtime and The CW content (current and library programming)

  • Advise and interface with sales, accounting, finance, marketing, and operations teams on all matters

  • Perform additional responsibilities as assigned and directed by our EVP Legal & Business Affairs and/or SVP Legal and Business Affairs



  • Qualified lawyer with a minimum of 10 years relevant entertainment/media industry experience in television distribution and transactional legal and business affairs experience. Direct experience in the international content distribution marketplace would be preferred.

  • JD degree from top tier US law school and excellent academic credentials

  • Career to date should include entertainment and transactional experience with a leading broadcaster, channel provider, TV or video platform, network, motion picture studio or law firm specializing in these areas. The ideal candidate will have experience with both traditional and digital, linear and on-demand media. CBSSI’s clients include all of the leading international pay, free and digital broadcasters and/or platforms, such that considerable experience in understanding these businesses will be key

  • Sound experience advising senior management on legal matters affecting the distribution of television content internationally

  • Proven track-record of creatively addressing the legal and business issues arising in a multinational media organization

  • Ability to analyze transactions and risks from a sound pragmatic and commercial perspective, whilst maintaining professionalism and technical expertise

  • Passion for and practical knowledge of the TV and digital industries and needs to be conversant in distributing content within these markets

  • Confidence level to work with and advise senior management

  • Excellent organizational skills - ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously

  • High integrity and judgment in managing confidential / sensitive information

  • Willingness to work effectively and timely across time zones with colleagues and clients throughout the globe

  • Foreign languages would be beneficial.


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