Business Affairs Manager, NYC, Denver, Los Angeles

Position: Full Time

 

OVERVIEW

Movement Strategy is an independent social media agency. Now at its 12-year, with 85+ employees across offices, we produce groundbreaking content for partners including Netflix, Klarna, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros., and Under Armour. 

We are looking for a Business Affairs Manager in our Operations department to partner with our Project Management team and agency partners, providing top-notch business affairs support. The Business Affairs Manager will help identify and mitigate risk while staying true to the creative vision. They’ll be responsible for vetting and managing certain legal matters that are specific to Movement’s operations. 

The ideal candidate will have substantial business affairs (and some legal affairs) experience in the entertainment and/or advertising industries, with a proven track record of negotiating talent services and content production and licensing deals. 

 

KEY FOCUS AREAS 

  • You’ll help develop, structure, negotiate and finalize talent, contractor and partnership agreements
  • You’ll own the contracting process from drafting to final execution, for talent, partners, and vendors (including contract drafting, vetting comments/redlines, etc.)
  • You’ll help manage the invoicing/payment timelines of contracts (working with PM/Finance teams to process) --- including filing, facilitating with finance, etc. 
  • Provide Producers and Account teams with accurate estimates for talent session fees, residuals, and all other talent related production costs
  • Draft/review/negotiate and manage talent contracts and releases
  • Track talent usage expirations and renegotiate/reinstate talent agreements
  • Report traffic instructions to talent paymaster for talent residual payments
  • Conduct top line trademark/IP searches for proposed taglines, branding, design, etc.
  • Partner with Senior Managers, agency leads and Operations to resolve any liability issues within assigned production, creating viable and workable solutions
  • Create production award documents including production agreements, insurance coverage and talent mandatories
  • Review scripts and creative concepts for possible third-party clearances, licensing, intellectual property concerns and provide watch outs
  • Issue purchase orders, facilitate invoice approvals, payments and job actualization
  • Work with Producers, Account Management and Finance to reconcile jobs for final billing
  • Negotiate and execute talent, music artist, font licensing & publishing licenses

 

QUALIFICATIONS + KEY FOCUS AREAS 

  • Have at least 5 years of experience in Business Affairs at a creative agency/digital shop and/or television/film production
  • Strong experience with drafting and finalizing contracts for vendors and talent alike
  • Solid experience reviewing and vetting Statements of Work and Master Service Agreements
  • Must be self-motivated, proactive, organized and thrive in a fast-paced, creative environment with tight deadlines
  • Should have exceptional communication skills, attention to detail, patience and great overall attitude
  • Must have a strong understanding and knowledge of SAG-AFTRA guidelines, requirements, agreements and negotiations
  • Proven track record with negotiating talent contracts for both overscale talent and low budget digital waivers
  • Must have a strong ability and passion for educating and mentoring all levels of employees on matters related to Business Affairs
  • Experience with risk assessments in connection with productions and contract concerns
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of reviewing and negotiating vendor terms and conditions, production agreements and insurance coverage
  • An understanding of current social/digital platforms (at least with scoping/managing projects)
  • Proficient with project & time management software (i.e. Asana, Harvest, Toggl, BaseCamp, Dropbox, Trello, etc.)
  • Proficient in Apple/Google/Microsoft tools
  • Entertainment experience is a plus

IDEAL QUALITIES

  • Have experience in talent and vendor negotiation
  • Possess experience in both traditional productions and nontraditional activations
  • Have a passion for problem solving and teamwork
  • Are comfortable with managing large budgets and multiple documents at a time
  • Are a good mix of curious, driven, responsible, and accountable, and believe in delivering quality work
  • Are trustworthy, and can work professionally with highly sensitive and confidential information
  • Are a strong communicator (both written and conversationally), collaborator and negotiator — we work with cross-functional teams and clients
  • Love details and have interesting organizational tricks for keeping track of them
  • Are a multitasker and nimble worker by nature — we move at the pace of culture and no day is the same as the last, but we do have some agency guardrails to respect

 

PERKS

  • 100% employer contribution for health, vision and dental
  • 401k plus discretionary match
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off 
  • Unlimited Work from Home (Post COVID) 
  • Life insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Anniversary Bonus Program 
  • FSA - Flexible Spending Account 
  • Support for continued education
  • Health and Wellness program
  • Commuter benefits (NYC) 
  • Movement Journey – Stipend for continued education or personal growth
  • Amazing colleagues! 

 

Movement Strategy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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