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Sr. Manager Footage Licensing

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10007245 Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Town of Bristol, Connecticut, United States / New York, New York, United States Business ESPN Date posted Jul. 28, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The Senior Manager oversees all aspects of footage licensing of the ESPN and ABC Sports Archives.  The Senior Manager’s responsibility includes revenue generating initiatives related to the use of ESPN/ ABC Sports owned content, either through direct licensing or working in tandem with contracted sub-licensors or intra-ESPN or intra-Disney departments, The Senior Manager should be well-versed in rights assessment of  television content, be familiar with legal contracts and clearance procedures.  

The Senior Manager works closely with ESPN Programming & Original Content, Legal, Business Affairs, Communications, Studio Production, Talent and Music Departments on the licensing terms and approval of third party licensing when required.  The Senior Manager coordinates on-site shoots at ESPN locations for feature films and scripted TV programs, working with Studios, Legal, Talent and Production to approve access, license the footage shot as well as ESPN’s logos & marks to be used in the film. The Senior Manager may be asked to provide input on mutual exchange agreements with other sport networks.

The Senior Manager will provide licensing guidance and summaries of available material to an array of internal and external content creators, and will feel as comfortable operating in an advisory role as they do personally handling any required clearances in a timely and efficient manner.  Must have an entrepreneurial spirit, a high attention to detail, the ability to handle a wide range of personalities and inquiries, and innate resourcefulness.

Responsibilities: (required)

  • Work collaboratively with Rights Management team as well as an array of content creators and provide best practices for External and Internal Productions (programming, feature films, commercials, long form, short form, podcasts, digital pieces, etc.)
  • Instruct third parties on proper request submissions
  • Research and analyze request viability, Company property rights and obtain internal clearance, when needed, for third party licensing
  • Oversee research of ESPN/ ABC Sports content for license
  • Negotiate favorable rates
  • Arrange for delivery of screener and master material
  • Draft and review screening and license agreements to conform to Company’s required terms
  • Oversee invoice and billing with Finance
  • Identify and analyze risks associated with rights and licensed materials and re-use parameters.
  • Confirm that content re-purposed from the ESPN/ ABC Sports is clear and viable for re-use in new productions and revenue generating initiatives by reviewing releases and training content creators on rights & clearances best practices.

Qualifications: (required)

  • Extensive knowledge of sports and sports programming history on ESPN and ABC
  • 5+ years’ required experience in negotiation and licensing out to (or acquiring rights from), content involving third parties for a television and/ or media company:
  • Experience with intellectual property rights & management, including International angles
  • Must be able to handle a high volume of requests while maintaining attention to detail,
  • Capable of curating strong relationships and connections in the industry – with Disney content & administration colleagues, outside producers, sports leagues & organizers, and ESPN legal counsel.
  • Able to perform daily duties autonomously and efficiently.
  • Extensive experience with media formats, licensing fees, and troubleshooting in a fast-paced sales environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills are required to handle both client-facing and internal communications
  • Strong negotiation skills with an ability to consult and leverage multiple existing ESPN touchpoints with clients or organizers to drive results and/ cost savings.
  • Demonstrable, maturity, professionalism, and sound judgment.
  • Familiarity and comfort working with databases, media asset, and rights management systems.

Required Education (required)

  • Four-year college degree or equivalent in relevant work experience.

About ESPN:

Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. Every day we’re doing things that no one has done, all in a dynamic culture where we defy odds and continuously outdo ourselves. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with ESPN Productions, Inc, which is part of a business we call ESPN.

ESPN Productions, Inc is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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