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Senior Counsel, Legal Affairs, Motion Pictures


Los Angeles, CA, US, 90038

Los Angeles

Founded in 1912, Paramount Pictures works with the entertainment industry’s biggest filmmakers and brightest stars to produce and distribute entertainment around the world. The iconic Paramount logo has opened some of the most successful and beloved films in cinematic history, including timeless classics such as Sunset Boulevard, The Godfather, Forrest Gump and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; and blockbuster franchises such as Star Trek, Transformers, and Mission: Impossible. Recent innovative break-out films such as A Quiet Place and Rocketman have further elevated  Paramount’s film legacy. On the small screen, Paramount Television Studios’ Defending Jacob, 13 Reasons Why, The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, Made for Love and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan have also been thrilling audiences. With a beautiful 65-acre lot in the heart of Hollywood, a worldwide network of offices and a culture of engagement, Paramount’s passionate employees ensure the studio continues to deliver creativity and innovation to a dynamic industry. Paramount is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, which reaches 700 million global subscribers through MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET and other media networks.


Overview and Responsibilities

We are looking for a Senior Counsel to join the Legal Affairs team! The Motion Picture Legal Department manages all legal aspects of major theatrical and other feature-length productions, including the drafting and negotiation of talent agreements and other contracts relating to development and production. The Senior Counsel, Legal Affairs will be responsible for managing all talent agreements and other related contracts associated with assigned features.


  • Draft and negotiate rights, writer, director, producer and other high level talent agreements
  • Provide legal advice during development and production to in-house groups and outside production personnel
  • Work closely with other production attorneys as well as attorneys specializing in below-the-line contracts, including location and vendor agreements
  • Handle complicated chain of title matters to insure underlying rights of all projects are clear
  • Advise on copyright and trademark issues
  • Advise on questions that arise under applicable union and guild collective bargaining agreements
  • Draft and negotiate co-financing and acquisition agreements


Basic Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of equivalent experience in development and production at a major law firm or motion picture studio, or combination
  • JD degree from a well-recognized law school
  • Admitted to the California Bar


Additional qualifications

  • Significant and direct experience supervising all legal aspects of feature-length motion picture production at a major or mini-major motion picture studio
  • Ability to problem-solve and exercise good judgment
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with staff, internal and external contacts
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and efficiently manage multiple assignments simultaneously in a high demand setting
  • Willingness to tackle matters outside of areas of expertise



Paramount is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet. 


At Paramount, 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. Paramount 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. 


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Paramount 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, Paramount requires COVID-19 vaccines for current U.S. employees, including all newly hired employees, subject to applicable law. Union employees are subject to the agreement reached between the Company and the applicable Union.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles