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ViacomCBS Production Attorney in New York, New York

REF#: 38056

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Distribution

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff




CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 10 first-run series, including the long-running, critically acclaimed hits Judge Judy, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Inside Edition and Rachael Ray, and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. CTD’s popular off-network product includes the CSI, NCIS and Star Trek franchises, as well as classic series such as Everybody Loves Raymond and Frasier. In addition, CTD handles the domestic television distribution of CBS Television Studios, CBS News, CBS Films and Showtime. CTD is a division of ViacomCBS. For more information, go


This role is for a show Production Attorney of CBS's New York-based syndicated shows and online, digital extensions. The attorney will report directly to the SVP of Legal and will be responsible for aspects of the production. Some of the typical day-to-day will include, negotiating and drafting an array of production-related location, talent, materials licensing, integrated marketing and vendor agreements; conducting pre-broadcast clearance review; and advising on broadcast standards and practices issues, copyright, privacy and defamation issues. Position responsibilities also entail vetting promotional material, website and Internet content, and giveaways, contests & sweepstakes. The ideal Production Attorney will be capable of providing thoughtful legal advice to the producers, crew, and promotional creative teams on all potential legal risks and compliance issues in a variety of areas. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills; be organized and able to multi-task in an active, time-sensitive environment; and possess excellent judgment and professional discretion.



  • 2 or more years law firm and production vetting experience

  • Knowledge of defamation, rights of privacy and publicity, fair use, and copyright and trademark law

  • Familiarity with product placement and integrations a plus

  • JD from an accredited law school and NY State Bar membership


EEO Statement:

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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