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Posted Feb 23
Viacom

Senior Counsel

Santa Monica, CA, United States Full Time

The Production Risk Team advises Business & Legal Affairs, Production Executives, Creative Executives, and Press Executives on a number of areas, including but not limited to: reality participant vetting (background checks, psychological and medical evaluations) and crew vetting (background checks), child labor, immigration and foreign travel. The Production Risk team also liaises with the safety and security teams on individual show protocols. We are looking for a Senior Counsel to lead this team (which includes a senior manager, two managers and a shared assistant). This is a demanding, strategic, rewarding and non-traditional “Legal” role, requiring proven top-notch inductive and deductive reasoning skills. Role includes setting protocols for individual productions, analyzing massive amounts of information and presenting it to executives in a clear and concise manner, while remaining unflustered in juggling dozens of projects at once. Position reports to Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment Law.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Effectively manage team of three to four professionals.
  • Review and analyze background checks, psychological and medical evaluations, and other information to identify potential legal and media risks with respect to show participants. Review and analyze background checks for crew members for same.
  • Advise Business & Legal Affairs Executives and Production Executives on child labor laws in all 50 states and internationally including but not limited to permitting, hours restrictions, trust accounts, education, and parental supervision requirements. Subsequently fill out child labor applications and follow up on the issuing of child labor permits and additional requirements.
  • Review and execute legal documents pertaining to child contract affirmations.
  • Review visas and supporting documentation to ensure that non-citizens have the necessary authorization to work in the U.S. for Viacom Media Networks.
  • Work with immigration counsel to determine legal justifications for appropriate entry documents and to gather information for visa applications when necessary.
  • Redline casting notices and casting applications for compliance with labor and employment laws to ensure compliance with company protocols.
  • Review safety and security protocols on all shows.
  • Research and advise production crews regarding foreign travel visas, work authorizations, filming permits, carnets (for traveling with equipment) and foreign corrupt practices act information for productions traveling outside of the U.S.
  • Research impromptu risk issues on productions and advise on mitigation of such risks.

Basic Qualifications

  • Effectively and efficiently determine overall project needs, organize project requirements into tasks, and prioritize according to deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize without becoming easily flustered from multiple deadlines and multiple emergencies at one time.
  • Able to take direction from multiple people at one time and to handle interruptions in work flow.
  • Understands and works with a sense of urgency.
  • Effectively and ethically problem solve from a risk perspective.
  • Exceptional ability to research outside of Lexis/Nexis and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to act and work independently.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent judgment and analytic skills.
  • Possesses both inductive and deductive reasoning skills.
  • Ability to read and analyze criminal and civil documents.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team across the country.
  • JD. preferred; Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum five years of legal experience at a law firm or production company with experience in one of the following areas required: TV/Film production law, labor & employment law or child labor law
  • A working knowledge of television production a plus

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