Business and Legal Affairs Fellowship – Los Angeles


About The Brand

ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents.

Overview and Responsibilities

Deadline to Apply: Friday, April 9th, 2021

Are you intrigued by the ever-evolving business side of the entertainment industry? Are you a go-to legal expert by day and a reality TV binger by night? If these questions spark your interest  read on!

We are seeking law school graduates with 2-3 years of work experience to join its Business and Legal Affairs (BALA) team in an exciting rotational role with direct exposure to some of the top entertainment lawyers in the industry! The contracts you negotiate and deals you close will influence the pulse of media and popular culture. If playing a vital role working on important legal matters in an upbeat and vibrant industry sounds appealing, then the ViacomCBS BALA Fellowship could be the perfect next step for your career.


  • Handle a heavy volume of development and production responsibilities (e.g. drafting agreements) across various platforms, relating to both network and studio businesses and the production of original programming both in-house and through third party production companies.
  • Support branded joint promotions with advertisers and sponsors, integrated marketing productions, interstitial programming, live events and on-air series promotional announcements.
  • Advise production clients on a wide range of issues in the broadcast and digital realms, including copyright, trademarks, defamation, privacy, and right of publicity.
  • Review scripts, episodes, and other related materials to identify legal issues.
  • Investigate and respond to production-related claims.
  • Partner day-to-day with our in-house lawyers to provide practical, strategic advice and legal counsel to business clients regarding risk management and legal implications of proposed business opportunities and actions.
  • Cultivate relationships and maintain channels of communication with key internal BALA partners in technical areas including rights and clearances, music strategy, risk management, trademarks, unions and guilds, and litigation.

Program Benefits:

  • Full time staff position for two years, which includes competitive annual salary and benefits.
  • Two 12-month rotations to aid in a full understanding of entertainment law.
  • Professional development opportunities, formal mentorship, training sessions, and networking across the organization.

Basic Qualifications

  • Applicants must be barred in NY, CA, or be qualified to apply for registered-in-house counsel in either NY or CA.
  • Must have 2-3 years of legal experience, post law school (this does not include internships).
  • Proper work authorization to be employed within the United States for the full length of the program (July 2021-July 2023).

Additional Qualifications

  • Passionate about working in media & entertainment; experience within the industry is a plus.
  • Excellent drafting and negotiation skills. Heavy drafting will be required for this role.
  • Interest and knowledge in digital, tech, or new platforms a plus.
  • Strong communication skills  both written and verbal.
  • Results-oriented with ability to balance multiple assignments at a time in a fast paced environment to achieve desired results and operate independently with minimal supervision and work long hours as necessary.
  • Ability to build positive client relationships at all levels of the business, and advise clients in an ever-evolving corporate environment.
  • Collaborative, team-oriented approach.

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.


Brand ViacomCBS

Function Legal/Standards & Practices

Job Type Full-Time Staff

iCIMS ID 2021-15956

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