CBS Corporation Manager Production Contracts/Counsel in Studio City, California

Manager Production Contracts/Counsel

REF#: 31756

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Studios

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff




CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of primetime network programming, with the #1 show on television, "NCIS," the #2 most-watched drama, "NCIS: Los Angeles"; and the #1 new comedy "The Millers." The studio also produces five of the top 10 most watched scripted series. The roster of popular and critically-acclaimed programs also includes the phenomenally successful CSI franchise, "Elementary" starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu and Peabody Award winning series "The Good Wife," starring multiple award winner Julianna Margulies; The CW’s hit series "Reign" the daytime talk show "The Talk," and BET’s #1 scripted show "The Game."


The position involves supporting all television productions in a busy, fast-paced legal department by independently drafting and negotiating below-the-line production related agreements and advising regarding legal issues.

Specific duties include the following:

  • Draft and negotiate employment agreements for line producers/unit producer managers, casting directors, directors of photography, costume designers, production designers, editors and consultants;

  • Draft and negotiate location agreements, visual/special effects agreements, stage and production office lease agreements, vendor agreements, aircraft rental agreements, watercraft vessel agreements and equipment lease agreements;

  • Draft and negotiate production integration agreements for products used as props and/or set dressing;

  • Draft and negotiate clip license agreements;

  • Draft cease and desist letters;

  • Draft and prepare chain-of-title letters, production service agreements, affidavits and copyright assignment agreements in connection with tax credit applications;

  • Draft responses to legal claims;

  • Respond to unsolicited submissions; and

  • Advise productions, other members of the legal department and other CBS departments regarding contract issues, intellectual property issues, risk management, CBS policies and procedures and guild requirements.



This position requires excellent drafting skills and the ability to work quickly, independently and accurately and with diplomacy and good legal judgment to meet the time sensitive demands of multiple television productions. The ability to multi-task and prioritize is essential. The applicant must possess excellent interpersonal skills to form strong working relationships with production members, other department members and members of Business Affairs.

At least 2 years of experience drafting and negotiating contracts, preferably in an entertainment production context, is preferred but not required.

Preferred: Juris Doctorate and experience with intellectual property and guild issues a plus.


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