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Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Original Documentaries

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Legal
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Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

THE OPPORTUNITY 

Netflix seeks an experienced attorney to handle a wide array of responsibilities related to the acquisition, development, and production of Netflix’s original documentary feature films, limited docuseries and shorts, e.g.  Knock Down The House, Our Planet, Wild Wild Country, White Helmets, and Making a Murderer. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the original documentaries team and will oversee all facets of in-house and  third-party productions.  

REQUIREMENTS 

The successful candidate should have at least ten (10) years of business and legal affairs experience in the development, production and licensing of unscripted television and/or documentary film, with direct experience negotiating and drafting deal terms and all forms of agreements, including production services agreements, above-the-line agreements, license agreements and production forms. They should be extremely comfortable dealing directly with productions as well as communicating across myriad departments within the company.  
 
They need to be ready, willing, and able to completely own all business and legal facets of making a documentary film or series including: negotiating the commercial terms for projects, papering them, and then overseeing production-legal and clearance issues for all of your projects as well as their team’s projects.  Experience providing in-house support and managing outside counsel OR experience serving as outside production counsel is required. The successful candidate should have knowledge of substantive areas of the law relevant to documentary filmmaking, such as defamation, copyright, and privacy rights and should also be familiar with journalistic standards and practices.  

A successful candidate will also possess the following:

  • Excellent leadership, supervisory, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical capabilities and judgment.
  • Ability to work proactively, independently, and reliably under tight timeframes in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively, think practically and be solution-oriented.
  • Willingness to tackle matters outside of expertise.

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