CBS Corporation Assistant General Counsel in Studio City, California

Assistant General Counsel

REF#: 30972

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Studios

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff

JOB SCHEDULE: Full-Time

JOB LOCATION: Studio City, CA

ABOUT US:

CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming for broadcast, basic and premium cable and streaming platforms. The Studio’s primetime programming 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, MACGYVER, BULL and Scorpion; the popular comedies The Great Indoors, Kevin Can Wait, SUPERIOR DONUTS and MAN WITH A PLAN; and the summer series ZOO and new suspense thriller SALVATION. The Studio also produces the Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show THE TALK, as well as the acclaimed THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT and the Emmy-nominated THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN. For CBS All Access, CBS Television Network’s subscription video on-demand and live-streaming service, the Studio produces the highly anticipated Star Trek: Discovery, as well as critically acclaimed THE GOOD FIGHT. The Studio also produces two new series based on popular, viral segments from THE LATE LATE SHOW, CARPOOL KARAOKE for Apple and DROP THE MIC for TBS; the scripted summer series AMERICAN VANDAL for Netflix; and the comedy anthology THE GUEST BOOK for TBS.

DESCRIPTION:

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, including with regard to chain-of-title and derivative rights issues and intellectual property matters.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Qualifications

  • 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.

EEO STATEMENT:

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled