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Senior Solicitor, Content Distribution & Commercial


London, GB


Unleash your potential in a place you belong

Come and join a culture where content, people and ideas merge. An exciting and open place where your talents can truly thrive. Ready? This could be the start of something special.

At ViacomCBS, we have an iconic portfolio of brands, like Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, and many more - but it’s our employees that make it unique. You could be the next addition to our incredible team.




Is this the role for you?

The Business and Legal Affairs (“BALA”) team in London are a hugely trusted and well respected team working across all the channel brands in the UK, alongside colleagues in the International BALA community. The team partners with the business to deliver first class business and legal affairs support to an enormous variety of corporate and commercial transactions, discussions and contracts, productions (UK and international), commissions and partnerships.


What will you be doing?

We are looking for an experienced commercial media lawyer with expertise in multi-platform distribution, corporate and commercial transactions, broadcast and technology, including ad-sales and ad-tech to join BALA team colleagues focussed on supporting content distribution and commercial priorities for the ViacomCBS group. Ideally you will have worked in an international television or film business and have a solid understanding of the commercial and distribution imperatives of a multi-media business.

This is an extremely exciting time to join the BALA team whilst the ViacomCBS business in the UK continues to build its unrivalled portfolio of consumer content propositions with commercial and PSB broadcasting offers, VOD platforms like My5, Noggin and MTV Play as well as the unique free streaming service, PLUTO. Working within BALA requires a coherent ‘oneViacom’ approach that encourages close collaboration across the whole organisation.


What are we looking for?

The ideal candidate will be a qualified solicitor with significant post-qualification and relevant industry experience, both in-house and in private practice. Candidates will also be able to demonstrate:

  • A track record as a commercial and media lawyer working across both broadcast and digital distribution platforms to include carriage agreements, ad sales and sponsorship, with technology expertise highly desirable
  • Close working relationships with key stakeholders working to aggressive commercial targets, both internal and external
  • An understanding of broadcast regulation in Europe and experience in managing compliance issues
  • Exposure to privacy and data protection issues within multi-media
  • Excellent drafting skills – able to take instructions on a wide variety of contracts and produce working drafts (both with and without reliance on precedent) to meet business requirements
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to interact with people at all levels of an organisation and present complex legal conclusions concisely
  • Ability to deal with a large and varied workload, often under critical time pressure
  • A flexible, collaborative team player with energy, drive and resilience
  • Accuracy and attention to detail are critical, combined with the ability to see the strategic perspective as well as the imagination to find a creative solution to business issues
  • A positive and constructive attitude – able to deal with pressurised situations in a calm and effective 3 manner
  • Connections within the industry, knowledge of the market and global media trends

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

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 divers voices, act with care and work together to capture opportunities and manager 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 (EOE).

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 are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and we take our responsibility in safeguarding children and adults seriously. 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.

To ensure, we are an exemplar in the field of safeguarding individuals, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria of the role applied for and for those who are successful in receiving an offer for roles that interact with children, completed background checks will be required 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, we are proud to partner with a number of incredible communities and if you have a disability or a long-term condition (including hidden conditions such as mental health, autism, dyslexia, etc) that would need an adjustment; either in the application process, the interview process, the onboarding process or day to day, our amazing partner Evenbreak can provide additional help and advice to disabled candidates who may be interested in our vacancies. 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, subject to applicable law. Union employees are subject to what is outlined in their applicable collective bargaining agreement.