Full Time Job

Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Original Documentary Films


Los Angeles, CA 02-27-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

Netflix seeks an intellectually curious and experienced attorney to handle a wide array of responsibilities related to the acquisition, development, and production of Netflix's original documentary feature films, e.g. Knock Down The House, American Factory and Homecoming. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the original documentary film team and will oversee all facets of in-house and third-party productions.


The successful candidate should have at least six (6) 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 including: negotiating the commercial terms for projects, papering them, and then overseeing production-legal and clearance issues for all of their 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.