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Senior Business Affairs Manager The candidate will assist in the production, legal, business and financial aspects of Broadcast, Print and Digital production for our Clients, including production and talent contracting, production and talent budget administration, licensing of third-party materials (music, film clips, props and wardrobe), and managing legal issues and SAG-AFTRA commercial contract interpretation. Will be assigned to each production job, and will handle the campaign from creative approval to production completion and final job closing. Work with Producers and EVP (cost consultant) on national broadcast productions, behind the scene videos and digital components. Partner with EVP on all production estimates and talent session estimates. Discuss proper handling of certain situations that arise with vendors, and unforeseen issues on the set of a commercial shoot, have conversations on how best to handle talent casting and SAG claims and assist with any billing inquiries during the production and final billing of a job. Prepare production related purchase orders and contracts covering: production, editorial, car prep, insurance, music, stock footage, animation and other 3rd party licenses. Digital extensions - involves working closely with the digital team on videos, web content and interactive elements. Secure all possible outlets/options upfront for talent and licensed music resulting in cost savings to the client. Procure celebrity talent - from research on availability and terms to the final deal memo. Negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement with talent agents when the commercial's maximum period of use has expired and the talent elects to re-negotiate. Communicate with music houses, record labels and publishing companies to secure synchronization and master rights, if needed, and to determine ancillary usage costs including applicable SAG, AFTRA and AFM residuals. Attend commercial shoots when necessary to ensure the proper SAG guidelines are followed. From advising on talent rules and regulations for the specific categories, to answering Producer and production questions, and managing the proper signing of the talent contracts and forms on set. Secure all possible options upfront for talent and licensed music providing cost savings to the client. Work with the Producer to provide accurate production estimates. Confirm there is a client signed estimate before issuing or processing PO's and invoices. Ensure invoices are accurate and reflect the correct estimated amount. Review status of production job to stay within budget. Provide guidance on the most cost effective ways of hiring talent for a project and how it affects the residual budgets. BA/BS Degree preferred. Law degree or other advanced degree a plus. 5-8 years of experience in Advertising or Entertainment Business Affairs required. Solid Knowledge of SAG, AFTRA and AFM union contracts required. Familiarity with and can identify legal and clearance issues required. Thorough understanding of the production process required. Excellent written and verbal communications skills required. Knowledge of the Extreme Reach payment system required.
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