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Rights Specialist 


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

Reporting to the COO and General Counsel, the Rights Specialist will assist with clearance matters related to intellectual property issues, personal rights, and statutory law. Under the supervision of the Legal Department and the Academy’s outside clearance attorneys and professionals, you will be the primary Academy Museum staff to negotiate and obtain clearances for Academy Museum content.

You Will:

  • Assist in obtaining licenses as needed and ongoing management of licenses obtained. Work with photo library subscription services and functions as the liaison between company and the subscription services.
  • Secure synch and master use licenses for musical compositions and recordings. Work with music library subscription services and functions as the liaison between company and the subscription services.
  • Obtain and process personal releases.
  • Research Rights ownership and details AM responsibility to Talent.
  • Negotiate “promotional usage” for Retail with Studio Marketing and Consumer Products Departments.
  • Consult with Academy’s outside clearance attorneys and clearance professionals as needed to assure best practices.
  • Monitor and manage clearance expirations and communicating expiration dates to the appropriate Academy personnel. Report status of Existing Clearances and Pending Clearances monthly.
  • Review, manage, and maintain production clearance binder.
  • Ensure compliance with all blanket music licensing entities (ASCAP, BMI and SESAC) by working with appropriate Academy personnel and outside clearance professionals on music use and reporting.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • A bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 3+ years of relevant clearance experience in the entertainment industry.
  • A self-starter attitude with strong negation skills.
  • Working knowledge of intellectual property and related laws.
  • Demonstrable interpersonal and written communications.
  • A high level of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Experience with computers, preferably MS Office Suite and Windows.
  • Attention to detail; excellent follow-through and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently, juggle priorities and manage time to effectively meet deadlines.
  • A creative and resourceful mindset when solving problems.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.
  • Ability to anticipate needs and act upon requests independently.


Other Requirements:

  • If hired, we require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed as determined on a case by case basis.


Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision
  • PTO and Sick Time
  • 401(k)




Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Rights Specialist  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 2/2/2022  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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