Open position as a transactional attorney in the network entertainment group for CBS in Los Angeles. The attorney will be responsible for handling a variety of matters and across various client groups, including: drafting network development and program licensing agreements for pilots/series and licenses for live event specials and daytime programs, handling staff agreements for late night shows; working on licensing deals on behalf of the studio for streaming platforms; performing legal clearance of promotional and marketing materials; and other generalist topics affecting a broadcast television network. The attorney also will be production counsel for reality/alternative series and, in that capacity, will handle day-to-day production legal matters, counseling producers and network/studio executives in connection with all aspects of television development, production and promotion. The attorney will have opportunities to work with other divisions in the company including interactive, studio, distribution, international, sports & news.
Juris Doctorate from a top 25 law school, admission to state bar and strong academic credentials are required.
Candidate should have 3-5 years of experience working as a transactional lawyer, preferably at a major law firm and/or as in-house counsel.
Successful candidate must excel at drafting and have excellent communication (written and verbal), negotiation, and analytical skills.
The position requires excellent judgment, a willingness to handle novel matters and projects outside of usual areas of practice, an inquisitive mind, creative problem solving and the ability to work and communicate well with producers and with other departments, including Business Affairs, Media Relations and Creative.
Strong interpersonal skills including high emotional IQ and a team-oriented attitude. This group values collegiality and professionalism.
Some knowledge of defamation, privacy, trademark and copyright law is preferred.
Keen interest in the media & entertainment industry, particularly the evolving broader television landscape.
Experience working at a studio, network or other media company is a plus but not required, especially in unscripted television production, licensing, experience with guild issues and music issues.