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Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, BET Media Group


Hollywood, CA, US, 90028 New York, NY, US, 10036


BET Networks,  a subsidiary of Paramount Global,  is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment,  music,  news,  and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States,  Canada,  the Caribbean,  the United Kingdom,  and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:,  a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment,  music,  culture and news; BET HER,  a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams,  BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live,  BET's growing festival business; BET Mobile,  which provides ringtones,  games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International,  which operates BET around the globe.


Overview & Responsibilities

The BET Media Group Business and Legal Affairs team supports the business and legal needs across all BET-branded and VH1-branded platforms and businesses, including, but not limited to, the development and production of scripted, unscripted, music, digital, news, documentary and live event/tentpole programming and all related advertising, sponsorship, marketing and promotion. All executives in the department work hand-in-hand with the creative, development, programming, production, talent, finance, publicity, ad sales and marketing teams, as well as many other departments across BET and Paramount Global.


We are seeking a Vice President to join our team. This Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs is an experienced mid-to-senior level attorney role currently intended to provide day-to-day support across all of the group’s platforms and businesses, with a primary focus on the development and production of unscripted programming.


  • Drafting and negotiating development, talent and production-related agreements (e.g., producer, production services, high-level host and on-camera talent agreements; appearance, venue and location releases; music and clip licenses; co-production deals and rights acquisitions; format licenses; program licenses, etc.).
  • Counseling in-house client groups on a wide variety of legal issues and corporate policies that may arise in connection with content development, production, music, marketing, promotion, advertising, integrations and sponsorships and managing corporate compliance with Paramount Global and BET Media Group policies and procedures.
  • Handling day-to-day production legal work for original programming (unscripted episodic series and specials as well as marketing/promotion/digital content).
  • Reviewing and approving legal contracts for execution by production and/or management.
  • Leading and/or engaging in complex and strategic deal discussions and researching business and legal issues.
  • Providing complex risk assessment for production-related matters; assessing, devising and advising risk management practices for the businesses and implementing corporate policies.
  • Performing other day-to-day business and legal affairs-related tasks as needed and assigned by senior business/legal affairs executives in the department.


Basic Qualifications

  • At least 7-10 years of equivalent experience (ideally in a network, studio, streaming, entertainment law firm or production company environment) with good standing of New York and/or California Bar.
  • Desired candidate will have a detailed understanding of entertainment industry customs and practices and possess demonstrated ability to effectively negotiate and interact with agents, managers and outside attorneys and lead internal teams.


Additional Qualifications

  • Detailed understanding and comprehensive working knowledge of television industry agreements, guild and union regulations (WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA), contract law and intellectual property rights (as applicable to the entertainment industry).
  • Significant unscripted deal-making experience.
  • Ability to analyze complex fact patterns and devise creative solutions that allow executives to implement their creative vision while minimizing overall legal and business risk.
  • Substantive experience running production legal for unscripted programming.
  • Ability to independently manage transactions from inception through completion.
  • Must be able to multi-task under pressure, manage a varied, high-volume workload efficiently and operate autonomously within corporate parameters.
  • Experience assuming a leadership role in client relationships and decision making.
  • Ability to build strong internal relationships, effectively advise internal teams under conditions of uncertainty, pressure and/or high risk and generate strong client satisfaction through critical thinking and firm decision-making.
  • Management experience desired, as this role may be charged with supervising and/or training junior executives, contract managers and/or legal assistants.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.




Hiring Salary Range: $205,000.00 - 245,000.00. 


The hiring salary range for this position applies to New York City, California, Colorado, Washington state, and most other geographies. Starting pay for the successful applicant depends on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to geographic location, market demands, experience, training, and education.  The benefits available for this position include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, life insurance coverage, disability benefits, tuition assistance program and PTO or, if applicable,  as otherwise dictated by the appropriate Collective Bargaining Agreement. This position is bonus eligible.

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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Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles