The Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) is the multi-employer bargaining unit that represents the advertising industry in negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in connection with the union agreements covering actors who perform in commercials for traditional and non-traditional media.. Established in 1962 by the Association of National Advertisers and the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the JPC is looking for one or two individuals who can join the JPC team to work with a consultant company hired jointly by the JPC and SAG and AFTRA. The consultant will be developing and running a pilot project testing a new way to pay actors in television commercials that is based upon a payment per GRP (in network, national cable, and syndication) (the "Project"). The JPC will be appointing one full time employee to work with the consultant and be the "eyes and ears" of the JPC while the Project software and hardware are developed, during operation of the actual Pilot Test (April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011), and in post pilot test evaluation. While the ideal candidate would be full time and have experience in both areas described below, the JPC may hire two individuals part time to cover the experience required. The project is expected to end at some time between August and October 2011. The person(s) selected would most likely be based in New York City but the JPC is open to discussions in that regard for qualified individuals. Some travel will be required.

The candidate(s) needs the following experience and skills:

  1. Media Buying: At least five years experience as a media buyer. Experience requires a thorough knowledge of up front and scatter buying, in network, national cable, and syndication. The person chosen must also have a thorough knowledge of how to apply Neilson ratings (C-3) to media buys and how such media buys are reconciled in order to be certain the GRP’s promised are delivered, including credits and make-goods.
  2. Talent Payments: A thorough knowledge of the SAG and AFTRA Television Commercials Agreements with a minimum five years experience in paying actors under those agreements including experience in working with databases used in such payment process, handling audits by the unions, reconciling claims and familiarity with internal agency processes between media buying, talent payment and broadcast traffic departments.

The individual(s) hired for each role will be expected to work closely with the consultant and report back to the JPC on a weekly basis with respect to developments in the Project. The individual(s) will be employed directly by the consultant. The candidate will be expected to work from both their residence and the consultant’s offices.

Salaries for the positions will be commensurate with the individual’s experience and the full or part time status.

Please send your resume to Marilyn Colaninno at Reed Smith LLP, 599 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.