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Administrator, Music Clearance, CBS Studios


Hollywood, CA, US, 90028


CBS Entertainment is responsible for acquiring or developing and scheduling the entertainment programming presented on the CBS Television Network, which includes primetime comedy and drama series, reality-based programming, specials, children’s programs, daytime dramas, game shows, talk shows and late night programs.



Overview and Responsibilities


Reporting to the VP of Music Clearance, responsible for all phases of music clearance on assigned shows, including: researching publishing and master recording administration/ownership, requesting and negotiating license fees (taking into consideration budget restrictions, time constraints and company policy) for music use, providing copyright reports, reviewing cue sheets for accuracy, identifying potential copyright claims, balancing Show, Studio, and Network requirements while meeting stringent deadlines, and being flexible in high pressure, time-sensitive environment.


  • Research publishing and master recording administration/copyright ownership of requested music works and when applicable, research and consult with direct supervisor & SVP, Music BALA to determine public domain status of older works
  • Negotiate fees and licensing terms for use of copyrighted music, taking into consideration budget restrictions, time constraints, and company policy
  • Manage music budget, suggesting alternative music selections for shows as needed
  • Review script research reports to identify possible legal and clearance issues with respect to music
  • Generate copyright reports, review cue sheets for accuracy, and issue requests for licenses


Basic Qualifications

  • BA or BS Degree required, preferably in Business or Music or related entertainment field
  • At least 3 years of music clearance experience, preferably at a television studio or production company, and/or at a major music label or music publisher


Additional Responsibilities

  • Familiarity with copyright law (public domain, derivative works, and infringement)
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills with the ability to coordinate effectively with all levels of the company, as well as with executive producers, publishers, record company executives, and attorneys
  • Positive relationships with publishers, record companies, and other industry professionals
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to be adept at multi-tasking, prioritizing, and efficiently managing projects in a high-demand setting
  • Excellent computer skills



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Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles