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Our growing global Music Business & Legal Affairs Group is looking for a new Counsel, Music to help support our growing slate of films, documentaries and series produced in the UK & EMEA. Someone who seeks out and thrives in an environment where freedom and responsibility are tenets, and passion, innovation and curiosity are mandates. A stunning and selfless colleague for whom no task is too small or insurmountable.
The Music Business & Legal Affairs Group is responsible for all of Netflix's global music business and legal affairs and strategy, from the production and licencing of music for original content through to the distribution of the Netflix service globally. This role is based in our London office and reports to the Director, Music Business and Legal Affairs in London.
include overseeing all music business and legal affairs matters during production. This includes supporting our production partners in their negotiation of music deals (eg, composer, artist and songwriter deals, music director and music production deals, record company and music publishing waivers) in addition to handling certain music deals in-house (eg, negotiating commercial terms and structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements with composers, songwriters, artists, performers, producers and record companies). This role will also provide music business & legal support and guidance to internal teams, including negotiating and drafting music terms in production services agreements, content licences and other rights acquisition deals and guidance around song credits. Providing music business/legal guidance to other teams such as the Production teams and Creative teams, and leading and presenting music presentations and educational music sessions to internal teams and external production partners.
Given this broad scope of responsibility, the ideal candidate will have: expertise in the music market for series, documentary or film production in the UK and other key series/film production hubs throughout EMEA; a thorough understanding of the music nuances in producing for local markets vs producing for global distribution; and immersive, hands-on experience in negotiating commercial terms and legal issues and drafting music agreements for series/film/documentary production in those markets.
As Counsel, Music your vast music production experience enables you to handle any situation or crisis that may be encountered on a production. You understand the dynamics among creatives, directors, executive producers, line producers, producers, finance, production, post production, credits, labor, marketing, publicity, content localization, business affairs and legal affairs and know when and how to engage and align the appropriate teams when a music issue calls. You have an understanding of the PACT MU agreement, and ideally how orchestral sessions operate under it, and the sections under which global studios record. You are comfortable evaluating risk and have the confidence to make quick decisions when faced with the exigencies of production. You think creatively, have impeccable judgment, are comfortable with exploring new transaction models, and flexible in pivoting within a strategy when needed. You may produce locally but you think globally.
This is an opportunity to help Netflix shape the future of entertainment.
The successful candidate will ideally have:
• 5 years PQE experience as a Counsel, Music or Business & Legal Affairs advisor with a focus on TV /film/documentary production including direct, hands-on experience in negotiating and drafting composer, performer and featured artist agreements, master use and synchronisation license agreements, music producer agreements, record company and music publishing waivers;
• In-depth knowledge of music copyright and the series/film/documentary production process - from pre-production, production and post production to music clearance/licensing to composer engagement/recording through to delivery, cue sheets and launch;
• Practical working knowledge of the music industry including active relationships with music agents, lawyers, managers, music publishers and record companies;
• Comfort and flexibility in working with different music laws and practices across EMEA;
• Experience providing in-house support in a television, documentary or film production company is preferred.
• Fluency in other languages is highly preferred.
• Willingness and enthusiasm to travel throughout Europe and to the U.S. based on the needs of the business.
The successful candidate will also possess the following:
• Exceptional drafting and project management skills
• Negotiation and a clear and effective communication style that is adaptable to local markets
• Highly-collaborative, and a true team player who has the ability to be fluid and respond positively to change and new ideas
• Demonstrated curiosity about how different backgrounds and cultures affect us at work, and a commitment to acknowledge and work past implicit biases that we all have
• Unparalleled organizational skills and an unwavering attention to detail
• Strong analytical capabilities and judgment, even when the rules are unclear and the issues are of first impression
• Ability to work proactively, independently and reliably under tight timeframes in a fast-paced environment
• Tech- savvy, with a strong sense of how cloud-based document and database systems are used in a modern business environment. This job is no longer available. Click here to view current job listings.