Director, Business Affairs

Ref#: 37126
CBS Business Unit: Showtime
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: West Hollywood, CA, US


Reporting to the SVP, 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 support the 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, contracts, production, clearances, oversight of the administration ancillary to contractual obligations, etc.

This individual will:

Support the team on development projects, primarily by drafting and executing agreements for any deals made 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.

Anticipating the practical implication for development, production and marketing of provisions requested by talent representatives is essential, as is the skills to interact seamlessly with and gather input from executives in the creative, production, business affairs administration and finance departments.

Assist with ongoing productions, including clearance, production legal supervision, above-the-line labor issues, actor test options and writing staff deals.

Assist 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 and furthermore, should be able to decide which accommodations need to be escalated to the SVP’s or EVP to gain their input. The individual must be a good judge of the relative urgency of myriad production and clearance issues.


Legal Knowledge: A strong background in contract law, intellectual property law, tort law, media law and constitutional first amendment law.

Industry Knowledge: A good understanding of the television industry, with a focus on premium television is required. Familiarity with different forms of exhibition and licensing in the digital arena is desired.

Personal Skills: Strong drafting skills. Strong management and interpersonal skills. Ability to collaborate with senior management.

Decision-making: 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).

JD is required.

About Us:

SHOWTIME continues to make its mark across the cultural landscape with one of the most successful programming lineups in television. The SHOWTIME programming slate features original series including Emmy® nominated limited series ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, BILLIONS, HOMELAND, SHAMELESS, THE CHI, RAY DONOVAN, THE AFFAIR, KIDDING, BLACK MONDAY, THE LOUDEST VOICE, CITY ON A HILL, THE L WORD: GENERATION Q, BACK TO LIFE, WORK IN PROGRESS and ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. The network’s eclectic, brand-defining programming is further distinguished by the captivating offerings of SHOWTIME Documentary Films, including docuseries THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, Emmy-nominated WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN and THE FOURTH ESTATE and documentary films THE KINGMAKER and READY FOR WAR. SHOWTIME Sports continues to dominate with its flagship franchise SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and the Emmy Award-winning series INSIDE THE NFL. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV and YouTube TV. 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

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