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Job Description Overview:
The WarnerMedia Music Group seeks a music clearance paralegal to join our team - a person who has a passion for music, who is curious, innovative, and dynamic, and who excels in a fast-paced environment of responsibility and freedom. This person will help clear music across WarnerMedia networks worldwide, including HBO Max, TNT, TBS, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, CNN and HLN. This role will have frequent, direct contact with clients, publishers, labels and other third parties.
The qualified candidate should have a minimum of 3 years of music clearance experience, with a high level of comfort for working independently through the entire music clearance process, from inquiry to invoice. The ideal candidate should: be knowledgeable about the music clearance process; have specific experience with television (programming and promos); have experience with, and contacts at, record companies, publishers, music libraries, and with artists and managers; understand that relationships and communication are paramount to the clearance process; understand the dynamics between the various players in the television ecosystem, e.g., production companies, producers, post production, finance, marketing, and business affairs personnel, and feel comfortable engaging the appropriate departments in connection with a clearance; be able to anticipate clearance issues; be skilled at expediting a negotiation and knowing who to call and how to resolve clearance issues; understand how to handle multiple quotes for the same song and clear compositions with many rights holders, side artists and samples; be able to suggest alternate tracks; understand that each clearance is unique and nuanced, requiring extreme organization and attention to detail, swift thinking, and decision making; be comfortable interacting with multiple licensors and internal clients, as well as have a good eye for the big picture; be able to handle a high volume of clearances with precision and professionalism.
Responsibilities Include: Communicating with clients to understand program or promo needs as well as clearance needs, and serving as a point of contact for clearances; clearing music start to finish, including sending out requests, responding to questions, negotiating terms and fees, securing approvals, confirming use, tracking and reviewing licenses, and working with clients regarding invoicing as needed; advising on music clearance related issues, including identifying music and lyrics requiring clearance, researching rights holders, responding to clearance questions and advising clients on music-related issues; preparing, reviewing and securing quotes from labels, publishers and music libraries; tracking rights and assisting with making public domain determinations; reviewing and negotiating licenses; building and maintaining strong relationships throughout the music industry; and participating in other projects depending on music needs.
College degree (or relevant work experience in lieu of a college degree).
3+ years of music clearance experience (e.g., in the music department at a major production company, film/television studio, television network, publisher, label, or law firm).
Experience providing in-house support in television is preferred.
Highly collaborative, with clear and concise written and verbal communication skills.
Curiosity and eagerness to tackle additional projects as needed, including matters outside of your area of expertise.
Fast learner with strong organizational skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment where meeting deadlines is a priority and handling multiple matters simultaneously is the norm.
Excellent analytical skills, initiative and ability to work autonomously while remaining a collaborative and supportive member of the team.
Comfortable and competent with technology, from clearance software to internet research to MS Office.
Exclusive WarnerMedia events and advance screenings
Paid time off every year to volunteer for eligible employees
Access to well-being tools, resources, and freebies
Access to in-house learning and development resources
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Warner Media, LLC and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.