Full Time Job

Manager, Business and Legal Affairs


New York, NY 06-25-2020
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

About The Brand

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world's most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, MTV LIVE HD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, BET and more. ViacomCBS brands reach more than 3.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 180+ countries and territories via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties, in 40 languages.
Overview and Responsibilities

With the Director, Business and Legal Affairs (BALA), provide business and legal affairs support to the International content sales unit (VIS-IPS) of ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI). Primary focus on drafting, negotiating, and analyzing program and format license agreements, and document management in connection with the worldwide licensing of VCNI's program library.

• Draft and negotiate agreements, amendments, deal memos, notices, correspondence. Also legal documentation for third party and intercompany program licenses, format options and licenses, and program sales agency representation
• Provide comprehensive business affairs strategy and guidance. This includes advisement on deal interpretation, business practices, and negotiation to VIS/IPS Sales and Sales Operations teams regarding program/format licenses, rights, and other contract provisions
• Conduct rights analysis and summarize agreements
• Perform research on rights, media platforms, legal provisions, media entities, and territory-specific laws and requirements
• Initiate, coordinate, compile, track, and maintain various reports, related to the review and analysis of agreements. Includes rights, requirements, obligations, contract language variations, and deal status
• Collaborate and liaise with Sales, Sales Operations, Finance, Billing, Tax, IP and Litigation, Int'l & U.S. BALA, and VCNI channels. Talk to 3rd party broadcasters and media companies worldwide
• Devise and maintain all agreement, amendment, deal memo, and supplemental letter templates for linear and non-linear program/format licensing. Build and maintain tools and resources (variations and template language, tracking reports, guides, process docs)
• Coordinate and administer documents and data via document management (eDocs) and rights management (RMS) systems
• Coordinate day-to-day with Sales Operations department on the input and maintenance of program rights and tracking of all 3rd party licenses
• Provide business/legal support to VCNI BALA

Basic Qualifications
• Bachelor's Degree; JD preferred
• 4+ years drafting and negotiating agreements; or a JD and applicable drafting/negotiating experience
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (primarily Word, Excel, Outlook), and Adobe Acrobat (PDF)

Additional Qualifications
• Experience with program licensing and working at a media company preferred
• Excellent analytical, drafting, communication, project management, and organizational skills
• Effective and dedicated client-support skills and experience
• Attention to detail, ability to handle and prioritize multiple responsibilities at a time
• Keen ability to understand and re-assess on a constant basis the day, week, and year's priorities. Communicate priorities and needs internally as well as externally
• Experience with rights management systems and/or document management systems a plus (eDocs, RMS)
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment across time zones across international media environments and cultures, and ability to communicate with multicultural client groups
• Proficiency in other languages a plus

Company Profile
ViacomCBS 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, CBS All Access, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others.