Business Affairs

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We cross the “t’s” and dot the “i’s” in the production of creative content

The most brilliant idea can stall in its tracks if the behind-the-scenes business support is insufficient. Whether it is a commercial, a web series or a live event, every creative asset has components that require:

  • In-depth understanding of the union contracts, labor laws and regulations that apply
  • Rights and permissions for the use of talent, models and licensed elements
  • Methods for documenting and tracking all information related to their use

The TEAM Companies’ Business Affairs division is staffed with experts familiar with the intricacies of hiring and using union and non-union talent in all types of projects and collaborating with producers to provide other business support for their projects. Our services include:

  • Providing comprehensive script review, cast breakdowns, budgeting and estimating
  • Deftly negotiating licenses for music, photography, props and other elements
  • Analyzing final cast analysis and job jacket documentation
  • Facilitating script and master clearance with broadcast networks and a client’s legal counsel
  • Trafficking the work to all media outlets outlined in the media plan

With web-based tools available to clients at no additional cost, The TEAM Companies’ evolving technology tracks all components in any advertising project to help make sure the advertiser has the rights they need for use of the creative, wherever and for as long as they need it.

Talent Business Affairs​

The TEAM Companies’ Talent Business Affairs experts help clients make the most informed decisions so that they avoid unforeseen costs, fines or other claims. Our services include:

  • Talent release and agreement review
  • Talent contract preparation
  • Script and storyboard reviews for cast category evaluation
  • Session and residual/use estimating for talent
  • Assistance drafting casting specs
  • Cast clearance
  • Taft Hartley report preparation & submission
  • PSA waiver preparation & submission
  • In-depth interpretation of SAG-AFTRA, AFM-CFM, ACTRA & UDA agreements and guidelines

Signatory

TTC can help arrange for third party signatory services for advertisers who wish to work with union actors, voice-over artists, singers and other performers on their project.


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Signatory

Celebrity & Influencer Engagement

For clients venturing into the complex process of engaging a celebrity or influencer to propel their ad campaign, The TEAM Companies will marshal experts to guide the process from creation through to the contractual details, managing payments and applicable union benefits as needed.

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Celebrity & Influencer Engagement

Production Business Management

The TEAM Companies provide advice and direction to producers, production managers, account teams and finance managers on production matters for all media types throughout the content creation lifecycle. Production Business Management support includes:

  • Collaborating with producers on bidding and issuing client-facing estimates & actuals
  • Reviewing scripts for areas of potential insurance and legal exposure
  • Creating production, music and talent contracts
  • Generating photographer & model agreements
  • Examining production and post-production vendor invoices for accuracy and submitting them to A/P for processing
  • Submitting storyboards, rough cuts and final cuts to internal and/or external legal teams for clearance
  • Issuing final cast and production job summary reports and production element storage authorizations
  • Releasing masters to the distribution facility
  • Uploading final production information to client’s DAM system and/or TOCS rights management portal
  • Reconciling final billing to client

RIGHTS MANAGEMENT


TTC provides ownership research, permission negotiation services and license agreement review for all types of creative elements used in a client’s advertising project.




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RIGHTS MANAGEMENT

Music Licensing


TTC’s Business Affairs team will deftly navigate the detailed process of acquiring music for a project, which demands accurate copyright research, knowledge of current licensing trends & music valuation, expert negotiation and meticulous contract administration.


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Music Licensing

Music Publishing Administration

Collecting performance royalties for music in commercials is a specialized process that has rapidly evolved in recent years. TTC stays apprised of the latest digital monitoring services, fingerprinting & watermarking options, eligibility for payment requirements and new streaming services and technology.

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Music Publishing Administration

Traffic & Network Clearance

Traffic

Our traffic team brings order and efficiency to the logistics of getting advertising to the appropriate broadcast, cable, radio and print media outlets on time with clear instructions. We bridge the gap between creative and media agencies and manage the needs of an increasing number of players involved in getting advertising content distributed to multiple media.

Attention to Detail

Media buys have become more expensive and media plans are more detailed and strategic in order to connect with niche groups of consumers across multiple platforms. To ensure accurate delivery, The TEAM Companies provide detailed instructions that include:

  • Flight Dates
  • Commercial Rotation
  • Billboards
  • Piggy Backing

We know the requirements of each network’s standards & practices department and understand the nuances that can impact whether or not an ad is cleared by a network or cable channel.

Script/Storyboard Review

We analyze scripts and storyboards prior to submission to networks and highlight elements that might impede a project’s chances of being shown. Those elements include:

  • Unsubstantiated claims about a product or service
  • Statements that do not adhere to FCC regulations
  • Phrases or words that might be deemed offensive by the network or cable channel
  • Images, symbols or actions that might be deemed offensive, inciting or inappropriate by the network or cable channel

The TEAM Companies will provide alternatives to questionable content that align with our client’s creative prior to submission to help expedite the review process.

Script/Storyboard Submission

How a script or storyboard is presented to a network or cable channel is crucial to how the content is interpreted. To minimize changes, The TEAM Companies clearly communicate the context of a client’s concept and address concerns to reduce the likelihood of rejection.

Master Submission

Standards & practices departments require approval of the final version of an ad to assure it corresponds with the approved script. We make sure Master submissions are made in a timely manner and track the status of final approvals and obtain confirmations.

Distribution

Our long-standing relationships with key distribution facilities and finishing houses allow us to utilize the latest technology at the most efficient cost. And as our partners’ platforms become more sophisticated, we can help clients best leverage the information tracked through these platforms to glean useful analytics on ROI.

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Distribution