Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 200 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.
Netflix seeks an experienced business and legal affairs executive to handle a wide array of responsibilities related to the acquisition, development, and production of Netflix’s documentary series (e.g. Tiger King, Our Planet, Chef’s Table, Last Chance U and Making a Murderer just to name a few). The successful candidate will be an integral part of the documentary series team and will oversee business & legal affairs facets of in-house and third-party productions.
The successful candidate should have at least twelve (12) years of business and legal affairs experience in the development, production and licensing of documentary television and/or 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 series including: negotiating the commercial terms for projects, papering them, and then overseeing production-legal and clearance issues for their projects as well as providing support for the team’s projects. Experience providing in-house support and managing outside production 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:
- JD or international equivalent
- 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.