Director, Business Affairs

Ref#: 32213
CBS Business Unit: Showtime
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: Los Angeles, CA, US


Reporting to the EVP, Business Affairs, the individual in this position will negotiate and draft agreements for Showtime’s original programs as more fully set forth below.  The individual initially will not have primary responsibility for development projects and on air original programming, but will work under the immediate supervision of the existing Business Affairs SVPs on their projects as well as miscellaneous work for the EVP, Business Affairs.  

The individual will be responsible for providing legal advice in areas related to his/her projects such as labor, ancillary rights, clearances, oversight of the administration ancillary to contractual obligations, etc. and will be expected to:

  • Assist existing Business Affairs SVPs on development projects, primarily by drafting agreements for deals made by such existing SVPs for rights, writers, producers, directors and actors in connection with the development and production of Original Programming. 
  • Synthesize complex deal points and reduce them to clear, effective contract language. 
  • nticipate the practical implication for production and marketing of provisions requested by talent representatives is important
  • Interact seamlessly with and obtain input from executives in the creative, production, business affairs administration and finance departments.
  • Assist SVP’s on on-going productions, including clearance, above-the-line labor issues, actor test options and writing staff deals.
  • Assist EVP Business Affairs with rights inquiries, quitclaims, marketing inquiries and gathering information for other departments.
  • The individual is responsible for knowing company legal policy on a significant number of different transactions and determining whether accommodating talent asks would violate policy.  
  • The individual must be able to determine which accommodations require further input from existing Senior VPs or the EVP. 
  • The individual must be a good judge of the relative urgency of myriad production and clearance issues.


Candidate must have a strong background in contract law, intellectual property law, tort law, media law and constitutional first amendment law.

Applicant must also have a good understanding of the television industry, with a focus on premium television.  Familiarity with different forms of exhibition and licensing in the digital arena is desired.

Additionally, applicant must have strong drafting, management, and communication skills. Ability to interact with senior management.

Must be able to utilize knowledge and experience to exercise sound business judgment and make independent decisions.

Must have a minimum of two to four years experience (and preferably with experience in either motion picture/television legal affairs).  Will also consider candidates with no motion picture or television experience, but very strong academic and law firm experience who want to get into the entertainment industry. JD is required, preferably from a top-tier law school.

About Us:
SHOWTIME and its critically-acclaimed, award-winning original series continue to make their mark on the cultural landscape, with one of the most successful programming slates in all of television. With an impressive line-up of new and returning original series, the SHOWTIME hit dramas and comedies include TWIN PEAKS, HOMELAND, SHAMELESS, BILLIONS, RAY DONOVAN, THE AFFAIR, I’M DYING UP HERE, SMILF,  and THE CHI. SHOWTIME will also debut two limited series this year, PATRICK MELROSE staring Benedict Cumberbatch and ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA from Ben Stiller. Original series play a key part in the SHOWTIME programming mix, along with box office hits, comedy and music specials, provocative documentaries, and hard-hitting sports programming, including the flagship franchise SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, the Emmy Award-winning documentary series ALL ACCESS, A SEASON WITH and the Emmy Award-winning veteran series INSIDE THE NFL. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, Google, Xbox One and Samsung. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation® Vue and Amazon Channels. The network’s authentication service, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, is available at no additional cost to SHOWTIME customers who subscribe to the network through participating providers. Subscribers can also watch on their computers at and

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events

EEO Statement:
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