Senior Business Affairs Manager

Big Spaceship began in 2000 with the belief that culture and behavior, above and beyond technology and platforms, are the keys to connecting brands with people. We are continually evolving that belief, bringing together stories, systems, and communities to help businesses across industries thrive on a global scale.

We pride ourselves on fostering constant creativity and collaboration, internally and externally, throughout the entire working process. This commitment to partnership has been a key part of the success we share with our clients. We’re an eclectic mix of designers, technologists, strategists, producers, and analysts, trying to achieve something new and powerful together.

We are looking for a rockstar Senior Business Affairs Manager to take a key position on our team at Big Spaceship. The Senior Business Affairs Manager will work closely with the Big Spaceship Production, Finance, and Legal teams across our portfolio of business on all agency-wide engagements to ensure we are adhering to industry guidelines. We are looking for someone with strong in-agency experience to build and lead the Business Affairs capability for Big Spaceship while educating our teams on best practices along the way.

Roles + Responsibilities:

  • Draft, negotiate and review a wide range of agreements relating to the production and licensing of both broadcast and digital video content, including agreements with production companies, talent, releases, usage rights and licenses for third-party assets (including stock photography/footage, music, intellectual property)
  • Knowledge of talent usage rights and management across a wide variety of products including but not limited to digital, print, broadcast and live events, union and non-union and standard SAG
  • Meticulously track and manage all third-party material licenses
  • Partner with Producers on the triple bidding and production estimation processes, insurance coverage and production wrap-up
  • Partner with an internal client for all aspects as it relates to talent management 
  • Access risks, provide solutions and advise on rights and clearances as it relates to the Agency’s productions
  • Summarize and communicate deal points to production teams as needed
  • Work with client assigned cost consultants, when necessary
  • Manage and track the collection of production partner billing, approvals, and invoices
  • Alert Legal and Finance teams of any important industry changes, as well as troubleshooting all releases and contracts

Skills + Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of business affairs management within a creative agency
  • Proven experience with SAG/AFTRA/AFM talent requirements and processes
  • Knowledge of film/video/digital production
  • Strong working knowledge of influencer outreach, negotiation and contracting
  • Understanding of copyright, trademark and network clearance procedures
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, across multiple clients
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Interest to stay up-to-date on industry guidelines and standards
  • Motivated self-starter with the desire to build a capability from the ground-up

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