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CBS Corporation Manager, Rights & Clearances (Smithsonian Channel NYC) in New York, New York

Manager, Rights & Clearances (Smithsonian Channel NYC)

REF#: 35161

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: Smithsonian Networks

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff




Smithsonian Channel is a joint venture between Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution. Our awe-inspiring programs, powerful documentaries and entertaining factual stories shine new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, travel and pop culture. From legacy series such as Aerial America, Million Dollar American Princesses and Air Disasters to recent hits like America in Color, The Lost Tapes and The Coronation, our award-winning programming is available across multiple platforms in HD and 4K Ultra HD. The Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore and Latin America, with more international launches to come in 2019. We currently have offices in New York City and Washington, DC.


With guidance from the Director of Rights & Clearances and VP of Legal & Business Affairs of Smithsonian Channel, the Rights & Clearance Manager provides rights management support and maintains rights and clearances practices for programming delivered to, and materials produced by, the network as follows:

  • Advise, determine and accommodate the needs of the company’s Production, Digital Media, Marketing, Communications and Business Development departments;

  • Conducts rights and clearances guideline overviews for in-house productions, original-commissions, co-productions and acquisitions, short-form digital content, etc.;

  • Advise production teams on the network’s rights and clearances policies throughout the production process;

  • Review rights binders and analyze legal and promotional deliverables to ensure that they comply with the rights and clearance policies;

  • Provide rights and clearance assessments in a timely manner;

  • Negotiate and obtain licenses/releases for archive material, interviews and other original filmed materials, music, narration, graphics, etc.;

  • Use existing rights management systems to track and report availability of programming to various departments for distribution domestically and/or internationally;

  • Track and renew expiring elements in programs in Smithsonian Channel’s inventory; and

  • Review marketing materials that are delivered or produced by the channel and ensure the materials are fully cleared prior to distribution for on-air, off-air and digital promotion.


  • At least 3-5 years of experience in television production working in licensing and rights and clearances in non-fiction programming;

  • Excellent written, negotiation and verbal communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels;

  • Detail-oriented and has a strong ability to effectively manage and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced environment;

  • Demonstrates critical-thinking skills and has strong organization skills;

  • Able to handle highly confidential information and material appropriately;

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; and

  • Must be able to work independently as well as on a team.


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