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CBS Corporation Counsel, Participations in Studio City, California

Counsel, Participations

REF#: 34625

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Studios

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff




CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming for broadcast, basic and premium cable, and streaming platforms. The Studio’s programming includes the phenomenally successful NCIS franchise; the critically acclaimed STAR TREK: DISCOVERY; MADAM SECRETARY; JANE THE VIRGIN; CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND; the hit dramas SEAL TEAM, FBI, BLUE BLOODS, HAWAII FIVE-0, MACGYVER, MAGNUM P.I., THE CODE, BULL, INSTINCT AND ELEMENTARY; the popular comedy series THE NEIGHBORHOOD, MAN WITH A PLAN as well as the upcoming series FAM; CHARMED, DYNASTY and IN THE DARK for The CW; and the action-adventure drama BLOOD & TREASURE, which will make its debut in summer 2019.

The Studio also produces the Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show THE TALK, as well as the Emmy Award-nominated late night series THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN. For CBS All Access, the Studio produces THE GOOD FIGHT; STRANGE ANGEL; the streaming service’s first comedy series, NO ACTIVITY; WHY WOMEN KILL; INTERROGATION as well as the upcoming highly anticipated revival of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Additionally, as part of the expansion of the Star Trek universe, the Studio produces the Untitled Star Trek series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: Short Treks as well as the recently announced Star Trek: Lower Decks, which marks CBS All Access’s foray into the animation landscape. The Studio’s programming also includes series based on popular, viral segments from THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, "Carpool Karaoke" for Apple Music and "Drop the Mic" for TBS, as well as "Insatiable," "Unbelievable" and "Dead to Me" for Netflix. Additionally, the Studio produces the comedy anthology series "The Guest Book" for TBS; OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT and YOUR HONOR for SHOWTIME as well as "A Higher Loyalty," a miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir.



Counsel, Participations at CBS Television Studios, with a dual report to the heads of CBS Television Studios Legal Affairs and Participations. The attorney will work with both the production legal group and the in-house litigation group as well as the participations group.


Provide legal counsel in connection with all aspects of participation reporting and participation audits, including:

  • Analyze and advise in connection with all aspects of participation audits, including analyzing audit claims, advising regarding the resolution of audit claims, and participating in audit meetings and pre-litigation and settlement negotiations

  • Negotiate and draft audit settlement agreements and other participation-related agreements

  • Represent the company in dispute resolution proceedings such as settlement conferences and mediations

  • Formulate litigation strategy

  • Supervise and partner with outside counsel in participation litigation

  • Analyze participation-related issues involving contracts, accounting, and the issuance of accounting statements

  • Advise studio business executives and other departments in connection with participation-related matters

  • Liaise with auditors, participants, and participants’ representatives



  • Juris Doctorate, admission to state bar, and strong academic credentials required

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience, including substantial experience in profit participation litigation

  • The position requires:

  • Excellent communication (written and verbal), negotiation, interpersonal, and analytical skills

  • Superb legal writing and drafting skills

  • Familiarity with entertainment industry accounting and finance principles

  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with all levels of management

  • Ability to work well under pressure and effectively manage competing priorities in a time-sensitive environment

  • Collegiality and a team-oriented attitude, with the ability to simultaneously work independently and support a team


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled