CBS Corporation Director, Credit Administration in Los Angeles, California

Director, Credit Administration

REF#: 30572

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: Showtime

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff

JOB SCHEDULE: Full-Time

JOB LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

DESCRIPTION:

This position is in charge of ensuring that all of Showtime's Original Programming adheres to relevant contractual talent requirements and guild obligations. This position is directly responsible for approving the credit portion of all related advertising, marketing and publicity materials prepared by our company, as well as those submitted by our affiliates, for use in any and all media whether created via digital, print or video mediums.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Establish and maintain the Original Programming credit policies for Showtime and ensuring that this policy is adhered to both internally and by its various production entities.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with the various Entertainment unions - Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) for Showtime's benefit. This involves direct negotiation with the Guilds for on-screen credit waivers, outdoor and print advertising waivers. Position also oversees filing of the Notices of Tentative Writing Credits to determine which writers should be accorded screenwriting credit, and negotiates with DGA representatives regarding credit policies.

  • Be aware of all industry trends with respect to credits and maintaining relationships with counterparts at other production companies

  • Analyze and interpret contracts and create the on-screen main and end title credit formats. Direct the design for both the main and end title format for Showtime's Original Programming, which includes working with film producers, directors, casting directors and various guilds to confirm that not only are credit obligations met, but that their specific credit requests are addressed as well.

  • Advise advertising, marketing and sales departments of all stills, photography and biography requirements for original programming talent in addition to credit and likeness requirements.

  • Review all original materials created by the Red Group and Affiliate Sales Department (including those materials created by SNI Affiliates such as Xfinity and DirecTV) for compliance with these requirements.

  • Authorize the use of talent likenesses in the creation of all internet materials from those included on Sha.com and Showtime Facebook pages to biogs, tweets, lnstagram, gifs, Showtime PR Tumblr biogs and other new media ventures;

  • Approve all tune-in, campaign, award, nomination and congratulatory advertising for the Showtime Advertising and Marketing Departments including all print advertising, television advertising, affiliate materials, outdoor advertising, promotional DVD's, and inflight advertising for all of Showtime's services including Showtime Anytime.

  • Oversee approval of all PR Department Materials such as the Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, TCA, Comic-Con materials, press releases, press kits, cast and crew lists, and tv screening invitations.

  • Direct, review and approve all domestic and international DVD packaging and advertising materials for both the home video and soundtrack releases for Showtime's Original Programming.

  • Provide outside distributors with contractual requirements so that they will abide by our contractual obligations in creating the home video and sound track packaging.

  • Review international materials provided by home video partners Paramount and CBS and provide guidance with layout and credits. Work directly with Soundtrack publishers like Milan and Varese Sarabande to balance creative impulses with contractual obligations. Consult appropriate internal Showtime personnel to make sure that the packaging meets with SN l's expectations and responsible for enforcing these requirements with our external soundtrack partners;

  • Review and analyze contracts to determine which performers have merchandising rights.

  • Advise Showtime and CBS Merchandising Departments which talent they are allowed to use in creation of all merchandising materials.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Requirements:

  • Depth knowledge of the WGA, DGA, SAG-AFTRA rules and regulations as they relate to on-screen and on-line credits and paid advertising; working knowledge of the MPAA advertising rules and regulations; knowing the different credit formats used by other film and television companies; knowing credit history and trends within the motion picture and cable television industry;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills due to the need to negotiate and consult with all levels of SNI management as well as with management of outside production companies, distributors and key members of the Writers and Directors Guilds.

  • Ability to analyze accurately and interpret contracts and to convey those conclusions to various SNI departments.

  • Excellent editing skills; the ability to interpret and relay complicated, highly detailed technical and legal information in a clear and concise manner.

  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to direct the flow of many different projects simultaneously.

  • Excellent proofreading, editing and research skills are a plus.

A BA Degree is the preferred level of formal education for this position.

A minimum of five (5) years of experience working as a credit administrator on major feature films, network television series and/or cable television networks in addition to strong industry relationships is also a requirement. Excellent knowledge of WGA, DGA, SAG-AFTRA contractual requirements, familiarity with the credit provisions of both U.S. and international film unions and guilds is mandatory.

ABOUT US:

SHOWTIME and its critically-acclaimed, award-winning original series continue to make their mark on the cultural landscape, with one of the most successful programming slates in all of television. With an impressive line-up of new and returning original series, the SHOWTIME hit dramas and comedies include TWIN PEAKS, HOMELAND, SHAMELESS, BILLIONS, RAY DONOVAN, THE AFFAIR, I’M DYING UP HERE, SMILF, and THE CHI. SHOWTIME will also debut two limited series this year, PATRICK MELROSE staring Benedict Cumberbatch and ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA from Ben Stiller. Original series play a key part in the SHOWTIME programming mix, along with box office hits, comedy and music specials, provocative documentaries, and hard-hitting sports programming, including the flagship franchise SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, the Emmy Award-winning documentary series ALL ACCESS, A SEASON WITH and the Emmy Award-winning veteran series INSIDE THE NFL. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, Google, Xbox One and Samsung. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation® Vue and Amazon Channels. The network’s authentication service, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, is available at no additional cost to SHOWTIME customers who subscribe to the network through participating providers. Subscribers can also watch on their computers at www.showtime.com and www.showtimeanytime.com.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events

EEO STATEMENT:

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled