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Vice President, Legal Affairs Music


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.


This position will work on a wide variety of transactions, primarily focusing on music legal matters for all Paramount divisions, including film, animation, Paramount TV, Paramount Plus, and Worldwide TV Licensing and Home Media.  The ideal candidate will have experience with the business, legal and financial aspects of film and TV production, and will have a mix of law firm and in-house experience.


Responsibilities to include:
•    Negotiate and draft agreements with composers, music supervisors, songwriters, music publishers, recording artists, and record labels.
•    Negotiate and draft music terms in agreements with film talent (e.g. actors, directors, producers) working closely with Paramount film and television attorneys and business affairs executives.  
•    Advise and assist marketing legal with music related matters arising in marketing campaigns.
•    Partner with outside litigation counsel to manage legal claims.
•    Negotiate and draft agreements for live shows based on Paramount films and television properties.
•    Oversee music copyright and music rights issues with the music clearance team.


Basic Qualifications:

•    JD and at least 7 years of relevant experience, preferably at both a major law firm and in the entertainment industry
•    Admitted to the California Bar or able to qualify as Registered In-House Counsel


Additional Qualifications:


  • Self-starter who can manage and successfully complete deals, in some cases with minimal supervision
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Must be able to craft innovative, business-oriented solutions and assist in executing them
  • Ability to work collaboratively, think practically, and use sound judgment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and reliably under tight timeframes in a fast-paced environment

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

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles