Production Business Manager, Chicago, Illinois

Agency Ogilvy
Created 09/15/2021
Reference 2021-10186
Category Production
Country United States
State Illinois
City Chicago

Business Manager works closely with the Producers, Creatives, Program Managers, and Client Services in all areas of Production. They are responsible for preparing estimates and contracts; and monitoring costs for all content production.


  • Work with Producers to evaluate creative and to assess any talent, copyright, and intellectual property issues
  • Work with Producers to provide ballpark estimates and suggest alternate ways of producing creative to fit within client's budget (if possible)
  • Evaluate and negotiate all production vendor bids
  • Working knowledge of SAG-AFTRA talent contracts and waivers
  • Work with producers to negotiate and prepare talent contracts, including standard SAG-AFTRA, over-scale, non-union talent, and print model agreements before sending to Legal and address potential union (e.g. SAG-AFTRA, etc.) issues to ensure compliance.
  • Create estimates for production jobs
  • Become familiar with Client's guidelines and policies
  • Execute production contracts and declare insurance in coordination with legal to ensure compliance with client SOWs, resolving potential production liabilities and creating solutions for agency and clients
  • Work with producers to issue session reports and final cast reports
  • Work with producers to actualize and close out jobs and to ensure all job files are complete with all paperwork
  • Keep abreast of ANA, 4A's, JPC, AICP, and AICE Best Practices
  • Manage union claims, audits or reporting requirements
  • Manage talent payment, residual projections, and contract renewals when necessary
  • Approve and facilitate invoice approvals and payment
  • Set up new vendors; issue vendor purchase orders, and approve production-related vendor invoices before submitting to finance
  • Revise estimates as necessary to report additional costs and/or overages

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