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Manager, Music ClearanceLocation Burbank, California, United States Job ID 173858BR Apply Now
Warner Bros. Television seeks a Manager, Music Clearance for the TV Prod Legal Music department. Position will obtain legal clearances for music used in Television Productions. Clearance work includes researching legal files and contracts to determine existing rights, negotiating fees with music rights owners (where rights need to be acquired); inputting song / licensing data into department database, processing payments and license requests and oversee Music Supervisors assigned to each production.
- Research songs to determine publisher and/or master owners of musical pieces requested. Negotiate fees and licensing terms with publishers, writers, lawyers and others who represent third-party music used by Warner Bros., in order to obtain rights and quotations for use of any such protected music. Re-negotiate with rights holder to make sure Warner Bros. is legally covered for music that is used in ways other than what was previously negotiated.
- Update song and license fee information for all third-party songs cleared by clearance representatives and outside music supervisors relating to WBTV and Warner Horizon productions.
- Generate and distribute quote confirmation letters, license request letters, check approval sheet, and check transmittal letters.
- Preparation of Accounts Payable paperwork and the researching and providing of vendor payee information for all checks processed by the department, as well as handling of stale-date check issues.
- Monitor independent Music Supervisors to ensure they follow studio policy and preset guidelines such as making sure fees are negotiated properly, songs are cleared according to Warner Bros. policy, and paperwork is correct and delivered in a timely manner.
- Advise music accountant when to release supervisors’ payments.
- In coordination with supervisor, set music licensing budgets and work to keep show within said budget.
- Track and advise Producers and Production Executives of any budgetary overages within a timely manner.
- Work closely with Producers to ensure that all outside music used by the shows is cleared for use prior to filming.
- Responsible for ensuring all third-party publishing is accurately documented for Rapid Cue System (Performing Rights Societies).
- Responsible for collecting cue sheets from music editors, distribution of same to music licensors, and makes cue sheet corrections when required by third parties for all assigned shows.
- Responsible for continued maintenance of Cleartrack system in coordination with MIS and programmer.
- Screen Television shows as needed ensuring that all 3rd party licensed music has been used correctly, check music cue sheet accuracy, prepare final EFC, and distribute final music cue sheets.
- Supervise and train the department clerk in matters such as cue sheet distribution, music supervisor packets and departmental special projects.
- Breakdown pilot scripts and issue budgets for pilot completion and series pattern.
- Collect final music breakdowns and cue sheets for all pilots and post on shared drive
- Perform other related duties/special projects as assigned.
- College Degree preferred.
- Minimum of 5-7 years prior experience working in the areas of music clearance, music publishing, publishing administration, music supervision, and / or music copyright at a TV/Film studio and/or music clearance company.
- Must have thorough knowledge of music clearance procedures related to the TV/Film Industry
- Thorough and cost-effective negotiation skills.
- Must be able to communicate effectively and tactfully with Producers, Directors, Publishers, Writers, Lawyers and all levels of personnel.
- Must be able to read, interpret and negotiate Synchronization and Master Use agreements.
- Strong relationships with publishers and record companies and other professionals within the industry.
- Must have excellent organizational and follow-through skills.
- In-depth knowledge of publishers, composer, public domain music, and the like.
- Must be able to work independently with minimal or no supervision.
- Must have knowledge of Word, Excel, and Microsoft Access.
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