Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs
Full Time Job
Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Non-Fiction Original Series - UK
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Our international efforts continue to grow and Netflix is excited to bring even more of our Non-Fiction Original series programming to our viewers in Europe and around the globe.
Netflix seeks an experienced and intellectually curious business and legal affairs executive to join its London office as a Counsel on the Non Fiction Series team -- the team behind series such as Too Hot to Handle, Formula 1: Drive to Survive, The Circle, Don't F*** With Cats, Travels with my Father, Death to 2020 and the upcoming David Beckham documentary. The successful candidate will provide business & legal affairs services related primarily to the acquisition, development, and production of Netflix's original documentary series, including our ground-breaking natural history content such as Our Planet and also related to unscripted series and/or comedy specials and/or co-productions in the UK. This executive will interface directly with third-party production companies and be involved in all facets of multiple third-party productions. The Counsel will report into the Director, Business and Legal Affairs, Non-Fiction Series for the UK and will also work closely with the US-based team.
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 8 years of development and production experience in documentary programming and/or factual television, with direct experience negotiating and drafting all forms of agreements, including commissioning agreements, talent agreements, access agreements and production related contracts. The successful candidate should also be extremely comfortable dealing directly with productions, as well as communicating across multiple departments within the company situated around the globe (including but not limited to operations, post-production, production finance, marketing, PR, etc.).
The Counsel would focus their time negotiating or assisting with the negotiation of commercial terms for projects, negotiating and drafting the related legal agreements, and overseeing production-legal and clearance issues (with the support of internal resources). The ideal candidate will have a strong legal and business negotiating/drafting background; a broad understanding of both television distribution (including digital distribution) and the evolving industry as a whole; and knowledge of substantive areas of the law relevant to non-fiction series, such as defamation, fair use, copyright and privacy rights and should also be familiar with journalistic standards and practices. Engagement with the Netflix culture is a must.
A successful candidate will also possess the following:
• Excellent 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.
• Curiosity and willingness to tackle matters outside their area of expertise.
• Comfort and confidence making decisions, even when the rules are unclear and the issues are of first impression.