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  Rights & Clearances Coordinator
Employer: Upgrade Membership Job Posted: 11/9/2019
Location: Northeast Region Job Status: Full Time
Experience Level: TBD  

Job Description:



Named in honor of our leader’s favorite car, GTO comprises a wide range of operations, production and technology roles. We are responsible for the whole value chain of content. This is where we produce, broadcast and distribute content, manage media assets and run the tech infrastructure for the whole company. We live on the forefront of technology, nurturing new solutions in tech incubators before improving the user experience of our customers, consumers and colleagues. Interested in Big Data? AR? VR? Or another emerging technology. If your idea helps grow our business, we are eager to work with you to test and learn. Join us as we set the standard for our industry.

THE ROLE: Rights & Clearance Coordinator, Content Creation (Temp)

The Rights & Clearance Coordinator provides dedicated rights management support for Stamford Post Production, making sure that all materials used in our internally-produced content are properly cleared and licensed for distribution to all desired territories and platforms.

You’ll review rights bibles, perform detailed contract analysis on third party license agreements, research use of public domain materials and perform risk assessment as to acceptability of non-standard licenses and releases, raising any concerns to litigation counsel for review and final sign-off. You’ll counsel producers on how to cure deficient third-party licenses and coordinate with various business units to establish whether rights waivers should be granted.

This role reports to the Managing Producer, Content Creation, and works in both the New York and Stamford offices to facilitate close partnership and communication between Post Production and Legal & Business Affairs.


Strong organizational skills - you are a self-starter who is able to multi-task, prioritize and manage time effectively with minimal supervision. You combine accuracy and attention to detail with a high level of productivity to keep pace with fast-paced projects and tight deadlines.

Communication skills – you’ll collaborate closely with Post Production, Legal & Business Affairs, external archives and third-party licensors, and must be able to communicate with clarity and tact to support those relationships. You’re able to present information effectively to allow your partners to make smart decisions as quickly as possible.

Leadership – as a rights management expert working within a production environment, you will leverage your expertise to influence decision-making and avoid legal risks to the enterprise while helping us create great content.

YOUR STORY: [+BEHAVIORS] (what you need to have)

• Minimum of three-year experience analyzing third party licenses (music, stills, stock footage) and various forms of programming and distribution agreements.
• Understanding of music copyright licensing and the required documentation based on usage type within programming, including the identification of controlled portions of compositions/fees.
• Prior experience working at a television network, cable network, film studio, television distribution company, a law firm, or similar business that specializes in entertainment/mediatransactions.
• Bachelor’s degree; JD preferred


If you’ve read this far, you’re likely a great fit for us…and maybe you’re fluent in sign language, have studied the circus arts or are currently writing a screenplay. If you have a special skill or backstory that might directly or indirectly help you succeed in this role, we’d love to hear about it in your cover letter.



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