Manager, Music and Media Licensing
ViacomNew York, NY
Full Time Job
Negotiate favorable rates and secure rights for material (music & other media) as needed in programming/projects produced by various Viacom channels (including, but not limited to MTV and VH1). Work closely and communicate regularly with Production, Production Management, Creative Music Integration, Integrated Marketing, Intellectual Property/Litigation and the Business and Legal Affairs department. Finalize, record, and track rights information and all aspects related to licensing, including but not limited to drafting licenses and payment processing. Function as project leader on projects and assignments. Supervise and train team members and interns as necessary.
Demonstrate the following qualifications:
• Significant Knowledge of Legal Concepts Related to Licensing
• Established relationships within the licensing community
• Expertise in licensing for all types of media platforms
• Comprehensive understanding of music rights
Facilitate licensing responsibilities for projects throughout all phases of production, pre-production to post: meet with producers to establish a clearance plan for the show, and pinpoint rights and legal issues; copyright research; devise music clearance strategy (rights and fee structures); clear and advise during shooting; research rights to pre-existing VMN material, clear set dressing, props as necessary; and wrap up licensing and payment and report usage to production management.
Regularly report clearance costs to Production and Production Management via tracking grids and over the phone/via email. Work closely with these areas and proactively suggest cost-saving options and alternatives.
Collect deliverables, including guest/location agreements, license agreements and talent agreements when applicable. Report discrepancies or missing information to Producers and follow up to insure proper completion. Regularly report clearance costs to Production and Production Management via tracking grids and over the phone/via email. Work closely with these areas and proactively suggest cost-saving options and alternatives.
License in rights that cover VMN’s exhibition across multiple platforms including linear, digital, social media, mobile, apps , games etc.,,
Accommodate the needs of the client groups and any additional client groups, as deemed necessary by Director and Vice President.
Communicate information regarding Music Rights as necessary, under supervision of Director and Vice President.
Act in an advisory role to client groups, (including co-producers (when applicable), regarding clearance issues, clearance costs/budgeting and risk assessment.
Vet content prior to posting, (which may entail multiple screeners per program as show changes during the editing process) to ensure necessary clearances are in place and route to VMN attorneys when necessary.
Review releases and agreements to ensure that they conform to negotiated terms. Maintain contract files and tracking reports for all assigned programs/projects and ensure that licenses are executed and paid in a timely manner. Secure and approve music cue sheets, and show logs (if required) from in-house producers and/or third party productions.
Build and foster good working relationships with client groups and within the licensing community.
Work to further develop managerial skills by participating regularly in management training opportunities.
BA in Television, Film, Communications, Publishing, Business or similar preferred.
Minimum of 3-5 years experience in television/music/entertainment field, preferably in a business affairs, rights & clearances, or licensing capacity. Prior negotiating experience a plus.