Project Manager, Research, Rights and Clearance

New York /
Sales – Research /
Who We Are:
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Who You Are:

You are an independent, critical thinker with advanced understanding of intellectual property and third party rights who can develop and manage client projects along side our sales teams. You bring an analytical approach to research, risk evaluations, clearance and licensing solutions for commercial projects from our roster of leading media, corporate and advertising clients. You are highly-organized, detail-oriented, and able to manage the details of multiple projects simultaneously. 

Your next challenge:

    • Ability to successfully and efficiently research, identify and clear various rights holders and personalities
    • Manage all details related to the licensing of external 3rd party rights and indemnification assessments within client deadlines
    • Act as a Rights & Clearance consultant for client projects; develop and manage large scale projects requiring research, licensing, clearances and internal approvals
    • Build relationships and negotiate licensing terms and fees with third party rights holders while managing contracts, payments, and other documentation
    • Demonstrate ability to become a content expert; educate clients and internal sales staff about content, intellectual property and Rights and Clearance solutions through presentations and individual trainings

What you’ll need:

    • Minimum of 3 years relevant Rights & Clearance experience in advertising and/or Film/TV industries
    • Expert understanding of licensing fundamentals, 3rd party rights and public domain
    • Strong customer-facing project management experience
    • Proven ability to manage multiple large scale projects on time, in scope, and on budget without supervision and adjust quickly to fast-changing environment
    • Able to understand and handle legal contracts related to personality, property and music clearances
    • Must be a strong communicator with solid negotiating skills, critical thinker and problem solver for projects with multiple complex issues in play where a sensible, strategic sales solution is required
    • Must be a proficient researcher able to independently collect information from multiple sources and make accurate clearance assessments and recommendations based on commercial requirements
    • Possess strong presentation and training skills and be able to explain complex rights issues internally and externally in person or via Zoom calls
    • Ability to travel for client visits
    • Industry knowledge and contacts
    • Proficient working knowledge of all MS Office tools
    • Experience with Saleforce CRM a plus but not required

Education and Certifications:

    • Bachelor of Arts degree preferred or other relevant experience

Leadership Principles:

    • Trustworthiness, Transparency, and Openness
    • Raise the Bar
    • Lead by Example
    • One Voice
    • Bring Me Solutions
    • No Silos
    • The Obligation to Care

Mental and Physical Demands:

    • Frequent communication with others to exchange information.
    • Frequent sedentary work that primarily involves sitting/standing; Time of each will vary.
    • Constant operation of computer and frequent usage of other office machinery, including (but not limited to) calculator, copy machine, computer printer, etc.
    • Constant assessment of accuracy and thoroughness of the work assignment.
Due to Covid-19, this position will work from home until further notice.

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