Senior Business Affairs Manager

New York, NY /
Production – Business Affairs /
Full-time Staff Employee
At FIG, we live to tell stories that grow brands. To continue delivering on this goal we are looking for humans with exceptional skills, a passion for creativity, unique lived experiences, and a curiosity for building, to join us.

We expect that each individual joining our team will give us the best work of their lives and in exchange we will give you the best job of yours. Alongside first-rate client opportunities, we provide you with feedback, tools, and resources, together which will accelerate your career within FIG and ensure you grow in new and unique ways for the future of your career.

In the role of Senior Manager, Business Affairs, you’ll be a key contributor to ensuring FIG’s continued success.  You will be a subject matter expert on SAG and non-union talent, vendor and estimates, contracts, rights and clearance along with our internal and external Counsel.  Working closely with our Executive Director of Production, you’ll oversee various aspects of content creation, across various mediums and clients, ensuring overall excellence in all end products.  

Core Reponsibilities

    • Contract Negotiation
    • Rights and Clearance
    • Production Finance
    • Reviews all work and advises leadership about talent, copyright and intellectual property issues -- providing recommendations in collaboration with Corporate Counsel
    • Reviews vendor agreements ensuring compliance with SOWs and MSAs
    • Conducts trademark searches for proposed branding, taglines, signage, design etc.
    • Manages intellectual property rights and clearance acquisitions
    • Manages contracts, updating releases, contract templates, insurance submissions, risk assessment and indemnifications
    • Review AICP, AICE, animation and music bids with Producers
    • Review bids with producers and create appropriate award documents including client estimate, production contract, insurance, licensing and talent agreements and vendor purchase orders.
    • Review and assess scripts, roughcuts and final creative for risk or clearance concerns in tandem with agency legal counsel
    • Participate in project scoping discussions, providing Producers and Client teams with accurate estimates for talent session fees, usage, residuals, and all other talent and music related costs of production
    • Issue non-union talent contracts, session reports and final casts. Pay session and buyout fees. Work with third party signatory when necessary to pay session, holding fees, usage and renegotiations in compliance with SAG/AFTRA/ACTRA and related guidelines.
    • Create and negotiate music vendor agreements and overscale talent contracts
    • Handle all re-negotiation for talent and music
    • Work with Producers to monitor cost actuals through close of job
    • Process production invoices, including generating vendor purchase orders.
    • Work with internal Finance from pre-bill through project completion
    • Proactively manages all account transition documentation

Qualifications / Characteristics / Requirements

    • Possess high professional standards and an attention to detail
    • Calm under pressure but energetic and enthusiastic
    • Able to communicate/present in a concise, highly intelligible and professional manner
    • Creative and/or an appreciation for creativity, desire to be part of a creative environment and is excited about the creative process
    • Effectively manages up and down 
    • A passion for innovation, new ideas and success
    • Must love dogs (or at least be cool with being around them a lot)
    • Bachelor’s degree in related field of study: Pre-Law, Business Administration, Marketing or Communications
    • 7 ½ years of business and talent affairs experience at an integrated or digital advertising agency
This description is limited to essential functions and duties. It is typical at FIG that you will work beyond the scope of this when and where necessary to create success within our agency and our efforts. 

We are a flexible working organization. As we are based in NYC we encourage working and communing in our SoHo office space as frequently as it suits you and your work. There are also occasions where in-person attendance is required on an asynchronous schedule.  

FIG is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to inclusion and celebrating diversity in our workplace. Discrimination or harassment of any kind based on race, gender, color, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic is prohibited. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To learn more about us, our clients and working at FIG, please visit www.figagency.com