ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, MTV LIVE HD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, BET and more. ViacomCBS brands reach more than 3.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 180+ countries and territories via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties, in 40 languages.

Unleash your potential in a place you belong

Come and join a culture where content, people and ideas merge. An exciting and open place where your talents can truly thrive. Ready? This could be the start of something special.

At ViacomCBS, we have an iconic portfolio of brands, like Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, and many more – but it’s our employees that make it unique. You could be the next addition to our incredible team.

Please be aware, this role is a 12 month FTC

Is this the role for you?

Are you an experienced acquisition professional with a passion for world class content?

Do you want to work for one of the worlds leading entertainment brands?

What will you be doing?

The ViacomCBS programming team are looking for an experienced multi-genre Acquisitions Manager to review and make recommendations for the acquisition of programming for Channel 5’s portfolio of channels. You will be able to formulate offers and negotiate rights.

The role is a crucial part of the Acquisitions team in finding and securing the very best content across all of our channels. You will have a keen editorial eye and be adept at forging and maintaining strong internal and external relationships at all levels. You must be a team play and used to working to tight deadlines and managing multiple negotiations concurrently.

  • Make recommendations on a range of programming for potential acquisition by any of the Channel 5 portfolio of channels and communicate decisions to distributors
  • Manage relationships with key content providers
  • Contribute to large studio deal packages
  • Use audience insight to inform decision making
  • Formulate offers and negotiate strong rights positions across the portfolio
  • Manage approval paperwork (BBAM) and ROI where needed for all deals submissions
  • Meet with external distributors and production companies to source programming
  • Research and source programming in accordance with channel requirements, keeping abreast of UK and International programming trends for possible acquisition
  • Where necessary manage the reversioning of non-scripted content
  • Produce viewing reports
  • Liaise with a range of internal departments such as Compliance, Publicity, Planning/Scheduling, Press & Marketing to ensure all information is supplied to them
  • Responsible for marketing briefs and subsequent sign off of promos
  • As required attend acquisition markets and festivals both in the UK and abroad
  • Work with marketing and creative teams devising and signing off on all trails for acquired series output in conjunction with Director of Programmes, Digital Controller and Senior Director Acquisitions
  • Embrace the ‘One ViacomCBS’ approach and encourage collaboration and team working
  • Be an ambassador for all VCNI channels, internally and externally
  • Adopt and promote the ViacomCBS values and support a culture of inclusion
  • What are we looking for?

  • Strong experience of acquiring in multiple genres
  • Understanding and insight of where to play in the schedule (daytime v peak late peak)
  • Excellent negation skills
  • Proven experience in understanding rights including holdbacks, SVOD and AVOD rights, windowing opportunities, utility
  • Understanding of TV channel budgets
  • Deal making experience with studio and non-studio distributor
  • Extensive knowledge of the complete ViacomCBS portfolio including Channel 5
  • Ability to identify acquisitions opportunity across the ViacomCBS portfolio
  • Knowledge of WON
  • Everything else!

    We offer an inclusive environment where you can really be yourself and find your niche. You’ll get to work alongside streaming platforms you can be proud of, with content that touches millions of lives. Plus, you can learn about the things we’re doing to make the industry more sustainable, and enjoy lots of perks:

  • A monthly streaming fund
  • All the health and financial benefits you’d expect, and some you wouldn’t
  • Flexibility to own the way you work
  • Mental health activities and support
  • All manner of BBQs, socials and events
  • What are you waiting for? Put in your application!

    Our Values:

    Our values are intertwined and work together to drive the business outcomes we seek, and once combined we believe these will power our company forward.

    Optimism & Determination

  • We share a positive belief that we can navigate and thrive in the landscape ahead
  • Inclusivity & Collaboration

  • We Embrace new and divers voices, act with care and work together to capture opportunities and manager through challenges
  • Agility & Adaptability

  • We think entrepreneurially, are resilient in change and move quickly to anticipate and create what’s next
  • ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

    At ViacomCBS, 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. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and we take our responsibility in safeguarding children and adults seriously. We work hard to ensure that everyone with whom we engage receive equal protection from all types of harm or abuse, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity; an obligation we take very seriously.

    To ensure, we are an exemplar in the field of safeguarding individuals, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria of the role applied for and for those who are successful in receiving an offer for roles that interact with children, completed background checks will be required prior to joining. Should you need any support during the recruitment process, please advise your recruiter or email where we will support your request as suitably possible.

    Additionally, we are proud to partner with a number of incredible communities and if you have a disability or a long-term condition (including hidden conditions such as mental health, autism, dyslexia, etc) that would need an adjustment; either in the application process, the interview process, the onboarding process or day to day, our amazing partner Evenbreak can provide additional help and advice to disabled candidates who may be interested in our vacancies. Find out more at 

    ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet. 

    At ViacomCBS, 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. ViacomCBS 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. 

    If you have any difficulties in applying or require access needs arising from a mobility or any other impairment please let us know by emailing or calling 0207 555 1234. We can then ensure your experience and visit is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. 

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