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Warner Bros. Television seeks a Manager, Music Production for the TV Music department. Position will be point person within the music department regarding all union and guild issues (AFM, SAG, AFTRA, IATSE, UBCP, ACTRA, MU, EQUITY, PACT) for Warner Bros. Television and Warner Horizon Television shows and non-union performer issues for applicable non-signatory Warner Horizon Television and Bonanza Productions shows. Will interpret labor contracts, determine best strategies for musician/singer hires, payments, and accounts payable/payroll entities, and provide feedback to WBTV Labor Relations on changes and trends for union/guild negotiations. Will be available nights and weekends to producers and music executives to accommodate fast-changing international production schedules.
Reviews assigned episodic and pilot scripts to determine the needs related to on and off-camera musician and singer performances. Consults with music executives to determine direction on the most strategic and cost effective scenarios and the best course of action to carry out the recordings and/or performances. Creates the budgets for the various scenarios based on applicable union/guild rates and regulations for music elements during pre-production, production, and post production stages.
Participates in the selection and hiring of musicians and singers for on and off-camera sessions. Negotiates fees for non-union music services as directed. Serves as liaison with outside musician and vocal contractors. Coordinates labor issues on recording sessions, including those related to musicians, recording studio personnel, engineers, arrangers, etc. and disseminating P.O.s. Creates budgets for production, studio, and producers’ approval after assisting in the negotiation of fees with talent and third party vendors. Tracks costs and provides EFCs to department staff and studio executives.
Handles on and off-camera sideline and recording sessions (days, hours, type of session, actual work done, etc.) as it relates to the music contact (composer/music producer if off-site recording session), regardless of time or day such sessions shall occur, worldwide. Oversees preparation of applicable session reports, contracts, time cards, etc. for SAG, AFTRA, AFM, and non-union performers and payroll requests for IATSE sound mixers as directed. Processes paperwork and contracts for payment and EFCs, and provides coding for payment and processes invoices for 3rd party payroll companies.
Handles all aspects of the hire paperwork process, and supervises support staff who prepares documents. Provides checklist of start paperwork to music executives, production coordinators, contractors, and other show staff. Distributes, tracks and process for payment.
Acts as department point person for questions pertaining to guild covered performances as directed. Interacts with Labor Relations, Production, music executives, music supervisors, and music contractors regarding work hire and various labor-related issues. Ensures that the work is performed according to studio department policy and guild agreements. In conjunction with music executives, communicates union obligations and advises productions on the most favorable means of employing musicians and singers. Must be available outside of standard business hours to facilitate planning, for international production schedules.
In conjunction with music executives, works with outside independent Music Supervisors, ensuring that everything is done according to studio department policy and fulfills all of the union requirements, particularly with the hiring of on-camera bands, including obtaining appropriate releases and facilitating changes between studio executives, Labor Relations Department, and Legal Department.
In coordination with music executives, ensures that productions comply with guidelines for obtaining employment documents related to on-camera and off-camera musicians and singers. Trains and oversees support staff to enforce compliance.
Researches and evaluates New Use claims brought by AFM, SAG, and AFTRA. Processes, reports and responds to AFM and SAG/AFTRA on rejected claims or elicits the participation of producers and Labor Relations when necessary. Informs music executives of AFM clip fees and processes such fees when uses are confirmed. Works with Clearance and Licensing executives to process contractual New-use payments and generates quarterly reports required by unions.
In conjunction with music executives, works with the Legal Department and Labor Relations department to evaluate language in various union agreements concerning re-use of musical performances and ensures that SAG/AFTRA New Use payments are pre- negotiated with vocalists when the shows use feature and television vocal score as well as soundtracks that were originally recorded under the SAG/AFTRA agreement.
Will liaise with Warner Bros Features Music department regarding AFM soundtrack album provisions and contracts to ensure fulfillment of AFM obligations.
In conjunction with music executives, verifies budget and tracks Main Title use and processes union payments after submitting re-use budgets to the Music Estimator and department staff.
Researches requests from other company divisions (i.e. Home Video and Marketing) involving re-use of previously recorded material for use in promos, recaps, supplemental markets, etc. Evaluates potential union fees and provides contracts to studios and third parties of various union obligations, as directed.
Handles special projects as directed, that relate to the overall Music functions (i.e. researching main titles for soundtrack compilations, handling outside commercial advertising requests, etc.).
Performs additional duties as assigned.
High School diploma or equivalent required. College degree preferred.
3-5 years music contracting or other related experience.
AFM and/or SAG/AFTRA contract application required, especially TV prod.
1-3 years experience in television production.
Experience in accounting/budgeting required, especially in television production.
Written and verbal communication skill to convey and receive detailed and complex information.
Extremely detail-oriented and strong focus on follow through.
Accounting and budgeting knowledge.
Knowledge of Accounts Payable and Payroll.
Knowledge of SAG and SAG/AFTRA terms for singers and of AFM terms for musicians. An understanding of the IATSE Sound Technicians agreement helpful.
Ability to meet deadlines when under pressure and while keeping accuracy.
Ability to work with minimum supervision, to set own priorities and to track own deadlines.
Must be organized and maintain files, both hard copy and computerized accurately, for reference and audit purposes.
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