Counsel, Original Documentaries
NetflixLos Angeles, CA
Full Time Job
Netflix seeks an experienced attorney to handle a wide array of responsibilities related to the acquisition, development, and production of Netflix's original documentaries and docuseries, e.g. White Helmets, 13th, Making a Murderer, Dirty Money. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the original documentaries team, and will oversee all facets of multiple third-party productions.
You should have at least eight (8) years of development and production experience in unscripted television and/or documentary film, with direct experience negotiating and drafting all forms of production agreements, including talent agreements, production services agreements, and production forms. You should be extremely comfortable dealing directly with productions as well as communicating across myriad departments within the company.
You need to be ready, willing, and able to completely own all business and legal facets of making a documentary film or series: you will be doing the deal for a project, papering it, and then overseeing production-legal and clearance issues. Experience providing in-house support and managing outside counsel OR experience serving as outside production counsel is required. You should have knowledge of substantive areas of the law relevant to documentary filmmaking, such as defamation, copyright, and privacy rights; you should also be familiar with journalistic standards and practices. Our projects are produced both domestically and internationally, so experience working on productions outside of the US would be awesome, but not mandatory. And, generally, we're looking for someone who's curious about the world and the people in it.
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.
• Willingness to tackle matters outside your area of expertise. If you're confronted with something new, you should be able to admit when you don't know how to do it, and then dive right in to figuring it all out.
And, importantly: Be honest, be bold, be creative, and be kind.