Manager, Music & Media Licensing

Ref#: 28653
CBS Business Unit: Showtime
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: New York, NY, US

About Us:

SHOWTIME and its critically-acclaimed, award-winning original series continue to make their mark on the cultural landscape, with one of the most successful programming slates in all of television. With an impressive line-up of new and returning original series, the SHOWTIME hit dramas and comedies include HOMELAND, SHAMELESS, BILLIONS, RAY DONOVAN, THE AFFAIR, EPISODES, DICE, the upcoming drama I’M DYING UP HERE, the limited series GUERRILLA and PURITY, and the highly anticipated return of TWIN PEAKS.

Original series play a key part in the SHOWTIME programming mix, along with box office hits, comedy and music specials, provocative documentaries, and hard-hitting sports programming, including the flagship franchise SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, the Emmy Award-winning documentary series ALL ACCESS, A SEASON WITH and the Emmy Award-winning veteran series INSIDE THE NFL.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to

This position is responsible -- with guidance from Business & Legal Affairs and Creative Services -- for the creation and implementation of rights and clearances practices and for facilitating and securing rights & clearances licenses and approvals to all third-party materials used in original added-value programs and in a range of ancillary marketing materials.
Rights Acquisitions/Clearance: Make initial contact with copyright holders to request permission for use of materials (including music, still images, film and television clips, magazine/newspaper articles/covers and album artwork).  Negotiate fees for use of the material, obtain contracts, confirm that contracts reflect the terms negotiated, oversee payment of license fees and return fully executed contracts.  Outline estimated licensing costs relating to a specific contemplated project. Offer alternative sources and materials for all requests which cannot be cleared.  Draft master and synchronization licenses when labels/publishers are not generating paper.  Negotiate blanket per use needledrop licenses with various music libraries to expand the range of available stock music beyond the existing bought-out libraries.  Draft talent releases, name and likeness release letters and agreements for photographers, artists, illustrators, etc. in connection with the editorials and profiles.  Notify music needledrop libraries of our usage.  Receive needledrop invoices and ensure payment is made in a timely manner.  Pitch promos, trailers, featurettes and other added-value materials to record labels and publishers to develop relationships and create interest in SNI’s brands in order to obtain more favorable music licenses and a “partnership” vibe between Showtime and music licensors.  Work with Post Production personnel to integrate hard drives of new library music under needledrop license agreements into “Shotunes”—the creative services intranet database of available library music—in a manner that clearly differentiates between bought-out library music and needledrop libraries that are pay-per-use.
Research Materials: Research copyright holders of materials (including music, still images, film and television clips, magazine/newspaper articles/covers and album artwork) utilizing industry contacts and internet and telephone searches.  Locate requested materials.  Work with line producers, creative directors and licensors to ensure delivery of master materials (e.g. high resolution digital images, HD footage, etc).
Administrative:  Track all music and media license deals and create weekly and monthly updates of license approvals and fees to report to the Creative Services department. Maintain licensed material database with limited administrative support (including inputting all cue sheets, project/job information and other data relating to licensed music and media elements).  Organize and maintain physical files of contracts and other agreements.
Policy Implementation: Work with Department Heads and Business & Legal Affairs to define practices and policies for licensing in accordance with industry practices and SNI/CBS policies; work with SVP supervisor and VP of Production to insure that policies are implemented consistently; review agreements with Business & Legal Affairs departments.
Ancillary Business Opportunities:  Analyze promotional materials produced for use on and off-air to determine if materials are suitable for use in international and domestic ancillary markets and identify copyright clearances issue. 

  • 3-5 years of Music and Media licensing experience preferably within television industry
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
EEO Statement:
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
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