HBO Senior Content Clearance Administrator

OVERALL SUMMARY

This position manages the clearance function for programming produced by HBO Films, Miniseries, Series and Cinemax, including day-to-day supervision of other Clearance Department personnel, and is generally responsible for analyzing television scripts to determine the availability of names, addresses and other factual information. In addition, in consultation with the assigned lawyer, this position advises productions on film rights, copyrights and other legal requirements; reviews contracts and researches information; negotiates releases and prepares correspondence; and advises executives and production personnel on clearance and other issues.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the Clearance Department, including assigning projects and day-to-day supervision of other Clearance Department personnel
  • Review scripts and treatments to determine whether names, places, business, etc., are fictitious; confirm facts by checking information sources
  • Review contracts and other legal documents when obtaining rights from third parties
  • Prepare releases for use of third party film clips, sound tracks, books, titles, names and similar items
  • Prepare and issue legal clearance memoranda and other correspondence
  • Follow up on clearance reports to ensure that necessary changes have been made
  • Advise lawyers of issues or facts that may result in claims against the company, including film rights, copyrights, use of names, and other items
  • Liaison with producers, production staff and attorneys regarding changes made in scripts
  • Visit sets when necessary to support the Art Department
  • Review rough cuts to ensure necessary changes have been executed
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • Supervise Content Clearance Administrator(s) in carrying out all responsibilities set forth above

REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to manage and or/supervise other Clearance Department personnel, including Content Clearance Administrator(s)
  • 10+ years' experience in areas of production, legal, licensing, or script clearance, or other transferable skills
  • Knowledge of basic entertainment law concepts required; knowledge of copyright, right of privacy, defamation and other laws sufficient to review scripts and determine whether same conform to U.S. laws, preferred
  • Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to review scripts and draft comprehensive reports highlighting legal issues requiring attorney input
  • Proficiency with Lexis/Nexis, Dialog, Saegis, US Copyright Office Search function, Copyright/Trademark/Patent Databases, and other data bases and search engines
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with executives, creative personnel at all levels on clearance issues, as well as with third party licensors and suppliers; professional demeanor
  • Ability to operate with strict confidentiality
  • Ability to multi-task; highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work well under pressure and prioritize assignments; self-motivated
  • Excellent follow-through; resourceful and creative; problem-solver
  • Flexible; ability to work with unpredictable production schedule when necessary

About Us It's HBOSM

America's most successful premium television company, Home Box Office delivers two 24-hour pay television services—HBO®and Cinemax®. HBO continues to take advantage of the latest technological innovations with advancements that include the availability of HBO programming online though HBO GOSM and MAX GOSM, as well as HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand® in HD. Just as HBO is a company noted for its commitment to excellence in the products and services it delivers to consumers, it makes the extra effort to create a work environment in which fairness, equity, trust, and individual responsibility are valued. HBO is committed to retaining and recruiting skilled and motivated employees, placing a priority on qualified team players who contribute to the diversity of their workforce. HBO offers competitive benefits to include medical, dental, vision, a matched 401(k) plan, flexible spending, a commuter benefit program and tuition reimbursement.

HBO is an equal employment opportunity employer. HBO does not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. HBO also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.


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