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Acquisitions Exec


London, GB


Paramount + is coming to the UK… and we couldn’t be more excited!


We are a global content powerhouse and our house of brands including Showtime, Paramount Pictures, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon have shaped current events and pop culture for decades. Our content arsenal includes some of the largest and most valuable collections of entertainment in the world. Ever heard of Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Transformers, Dexter, Billions, Your Honour, The Good Fight, iCarly, Rugrats, Smurfs, Star Trek? Thought so…

All our best premium and well-known content in one service, with great local content too? It’s going to be epic! 

We’ve got a mountain of entertainment and now we need your talent to bring it all to life. You could be in right at the start of Paramount + here in the UK and be part of our aspiration to being a leader in streaming. Not only that, you’ll be helping to bring premium entertainment and content to millions. 

Ready to play your part? 


Please be aware this role is a 12 month FTC


Is this the role for you?

Are you passionate about world class content and have great knowledge of the media landscape?


Do you have experience in acquiring programming for streaming services?


What will you be doing?

The ViacomCBS programming team are looking for an experienced multi-genre Acquisitions Manager to review and make recommendations for the acquisition of programming for Channel 5’s portfolio of channels. You will be able to formulate offers and negotiate rights.

The role is a crucial part of the Acquisitions team in finding and securing the very best content across all of our channels. You will have a keen editorial eye and be adept at forging and maintaining strong internal and external relationships at all levels. You must be a team play and used to working to tight deadlines and managing multiple negotiations concurrently.


  • Make recommendations on a range of programming for potential acquisition by any of the Channel 5 portfolio of channels and communicate decisions to distributors
  • Assist senior members of the team on deal packages
  • Gather audience insight to inform decision making
  • Depending on experience, formulate offers and negotiate strong rights positions across the portfolio of channels and platforms
  • Manage approval paperwork (BBAM) and ROI where needed for all deals submissions
  • Research and source programming in accordance with channel requirements, keeping abreast of UK and International programming trends for possible acquisition
  • Produce viewing reports
  • Help keep tracking documents up to date
  • Liaise with a variety of internal departments such as Compliance, Publicity, Planning/Scheduling, Press & Marketing to ensure all relevant information is supplied to them
  • Responsible for marketing briefs and subsequent sign off of promos
  • As the need arises attend screenings
  • Ad hoc duties where necessary including administrative and operational support where necessary


What are we looking for?

  • Proven acquisition experience across both linear and non linear programming
  • Understanding and insight of where to play in the schedule (day time v peak late peak)
  • Knowledge of TV Market landscape
  • Awareness and understanding rights including holdbacks, SVOD and AVOD rights, windowing opportunities, utility
  • Extensive understanding of the complete ViacomCBS portfolio including Channel 5
  • Ability to identify acquisitions opportunity across the ViacomCBS portfolio
  • Knowledge of WON

Everything else!
We offer an inclusive environment where you can really be yourself and find your niche. You’ll get to work alongside streaming platforms you can be proud of, with content that touches millions of lives. Plus, you can learn about the things we’re doing to make the industry more sustainable, and enjoy lots of perks:
•    A monthly streaming fund 
•    All the health and financial benefits you’d expect, and some you wouldn’t 
•    Flexibility to own the way you work
•    Mental health activities and support
•    All manner of BBQs, socials and events

Find out more about Paramount + from leaders


What are you waiting for? Put in your application!


Our Values:
Our values are intertwined and work together to drive the business outcomes we seek, and once combined we believe these will power our company forward.
•    Optimism & Determination: We share a positive belief that we can navigate and thrive in the landscape ahead
•    Inclusivity & Collaboration: We embrace new and diverse voices, act with care and work together to capture opportunities and manage through challenges 
•    Agility & Adaptability: We think entrepreneurially, are resilient in change and move quickly to anticipate and create what’s next


ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer.
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. We work hard to ensure that everyone with whom we engage receive equal protection from all types of harm or abuse, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity; an obligation we take very seriously. 


We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer, and we take our responsibility in safeguarding children and adults seriously. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria of the role applied for. For those who will be required to interact with children, we will carry out background checks prior to joining. 

Should you need any support during the recruitment process, please advise your recruiter or email UK.recruitment@vimn.com  where we will support your request as suitably possible. Additionally, if you have a disability or a long-term condition (including hidden conditions such as mental health, autism, dyslexia, etc), our amazing partner Evenbreak can provide additional help and advice. Find out more at https://hive.evenbreak.co.uk


ViacomCBS believes in creating environments that allow our primary focus to remain on providing entertainment, education and information to our millions of viewers around the world. As part of this commitment to health and safety, ViacomCBS requires COVID-19 vaccines for current U.S. employees, including all newly hired employees. Union employees are subject to what is outlined in their applicable collective bargaining agreement.

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