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Executive Director, Music Licensing

Sony Pictures

Culver City, CA 07-14-2022
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description
Executive Director, Music Licensing

We have an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team in the Music Affairs department at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) as the Executive Director of Music Licensing. As part of the Music Licensing team within Music Affairs, the Executive Director of Music Licensing works collaboratively with and supports Sony Pictures Television's music and audio needs across all their various television productions.

Job responsibilities include reviewing and charting cue sheets, identifying songs and audio that require clearance, researching master and publishing rights holders with major and independent record labels and music publishers, and seeking, obtaining and negotiating rights approvals for use in our shows. You will work closely with Music BA on production inquiries to music rights and original music created for our television productions, and provide front-line service for all of production's music needs.

We are looking for a candidate with an advanced understanding of Performing Rights Organizations, Music Publishers, definition of Public Domain, split territories coupled with knowledge of people and contacts in the industry to swiftly pursue and secure all rights necessary for the use of 3rd party music and audio. The ideal candidate will be able to offer solutions when confronted with the unavailability of a recording for creative or financial reasons, and will have ample experience overseeing clearance and licensing for multiple productions at any given time.

Assignment of various projects will occur on a project-by-project basis to find opportunities of efficiency, financial savings and contribute to the teams' goal of possible revenue generation with SPE's owned and controlled music and audio in visual media. The ideal candidate will also have experience with online systems, and be willing to contribute ideas to continue to build SPE's out in a way that lets us better service our clients while indexing agreements, rights, and payment information as permanent record.

Just a few of Sony's approximately 70 current television productions include The Goldbergs, The Boys, Cobra Kai, and The Blacklist.

• Reporting to the VP of Music Affairs: Head of Music Licensing - Working directly with television production and music creative, review cue sheets for all shows, pursue the necessary approvals from third parties for music and audio, negotiate fees, manage budgets and track all licenses through to full execution and payment.
• Review terms of approval, short-form agreements and contracts to ensure SPE's legal requirements are fulfilled.
• In collaboration with department coordinator, aid in the internal processing and external distribution of licensing payments in an efficient, accurate and timely manner.
• Create, upload and manage music / television productions in internal database and digital information repository.
• Attend Music Affairs departmental meetings, television team meetings, provide updates on projects and collaborate on the successful release of all visual media in the corresponding production.
• Work with IT on our use of our systems to continue to help build a robust platform that services Music Affairs and production needs.

Education, Years of Experience, Specialized Knowledge or Skills Required:
• BA/MS in film, TV, music, business, communications, etc.
• Minimum of 4 years experience in Music Licensing at a production company, television studio, or trailer house. Additional experience at a record label, music publisher, production music library, etc. a plus
• Knowledge of music licensing, song research and rights negotiation, synchronization and master use rights.
• Passion for film & television music, sound design, visual media, music supervision.
• Keen negotiating skills, works well under pressure and tight deadlines, ability to accurately manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to process and navigate fast moving high amounts of data and paperwork.
• Proactive team player and motived solution oriented self-starter.
• Organizational skills and thorough due diligence.
• Established relationships in the field with rights holders, music supervisors and creatives.
• Ability to professionally and personably communicate in all manners internally and with clients both written and verbal.
• Ability to track all licenses through the entire licensing process from start to finish from initial request, to contract to payment
• Savvy with technology, database management and asset requests/delivery
• Service-oriented

* Sony Pictures - CA - Culver City Area & Studios

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gm895m-18-207-157-152-42 in your application.

Company Profile
Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures' global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.