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Production Business Manager

Integrated Production
Chicago, IL
Req ID: 5142


Position at VMLY&R

At VMLY&R, we create connected brands. We resist the usual ways of seeing, doing and thinking — harnessing creativity, technology and culture — to reimagine the entire connected consumer experience. Our goal? To create work that becomes part of people’s lives, to drive value for our clients and, in the best of cases, to impact the world.

The production business manager is responsible for all financial and legal aspects of production for all TV, radio, print and integrated productions. He/she serves as an expert and main point of contact for producers and for account management for all production matters. A positive, can-do attitude and an interest to learn more is as important as the day-to-day responsibilities.


  • Know and adhere to current client guidelines and procedures
  • Review scripts, decks/storyboards and prepare estimates with producer and/or account management
  • Support agency producers on all production jobs
  • Reviewing bids and partnering with producers though all phases of production
  • Comprehensive knowledge of AICP and AICE bid forms
  • Estimate and monitor all production costs
  • Issue all production, stock and music contracts and/or licenses
  • Handle any billing issues and ensure proper legal approvals are secured including any third-party trademark releases
  • Manage and monitor all production costs, process contracts and invoices
  • Estimate talent session, process contracts, and clear, book and issue talent contracts
  • Issue POs, review and approve all production invoices, and actualize and close production jobs
  • Manage network clearance process including identifying noncompliant claims, collection on all substantiation for claims and working with networks toward resolution
  • Collaborate with account management to ensure timely release and shipping of final commercials
  • Have extensive knowledge and administration of the SAG/AFTRA/AFM commercials contracts
  • Prepare all talent contracts for session
  • Have experience with international production and overseas talent payment negotiations
  • Have knowledge of legal guidelines for commercial production, licensing language, trademark, rights of privacy, copyright and production insurance

As part of the WPP Group, VMLY&R offers one of the best overall compensation packages in the business.

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of SAG/nonunion contracts
  • Understand production workflow
  • Highly organized and solutions-focused
  • Positive and motivated self-starter
  • Exceptional initiative, pitch-in, multitasking, attention to detail and follow-through skills a must
  • A calm and patient demeanor when facing stressful situations and urgent deadlines

Required Experience

  • Agency experience preferred
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Seven-plus years of relevant experience

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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