Full Time Job

Head Of Content Legal


Tokyo, Japan 03-30-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Executive (10+ years) Experience
Job Description


Netflix seeks an intellectually curious in-house counsel to join Netflix's Tokyo office, with a focus on financing, developing, producing and acquiring film and TV shows for domestic and international distribution. The candidate will be part of a broader Japan Legal team, while managing the Tokyo Business & Legal Affairs team, and will play a role in building Netflix's growing slate of international content. The candidate will primarily be responsible for structuring, drafting and negotiating IP acquisition agreements, development agreements, production services agreements and other production, finance, license and acquisition agreements. The candidate must be comfortable challenging norms and finding ways to create efficiencies for this high volume team in order to remain nimble, accomplish Netflix's objectives and execute strategies for the development, production and acquisition of content. The candidate will also be responsible for overseeing matters that arise throughout the production process. The candidate will likely need to dig into local law and practice in various International territories, and should be extremely comfortable making decisions that have both legal and business impacts.

The ideal candidate must be very comfortable counseling and collaborating with internal and external business partners situated around the globe, producers, production counsel and production partners and making decisions that have both legal and business impact. Excellent drafting skills are a must.

The ideal candidate will welcome the opportunity to be part of a fast‐paced, entrepreneurial organization and thrive in communicating in a global environment.


The successful candidate will have at least 10+ years of broad-based content licensing, development and production experience working for a production company, studio or law firm, including direct experience structuring, negotiating and drafting SVOD and/or pay or free television acquisition and distribution agreements (international market experience a plus), and practical knowledge of the industry (including content protection and security issues, content windowing strategies, and the evolving theatrical, VOD, pay TV, syndication and home video landscapes). Experience providing inhouse support in an Internet and/or entertainment company preferred.

In addition, the candidate will possess the following:
• Clear, concise communication skills both in Japanese and English
• Excellent leadership, supervisory, interpersonal and communication skills.
• 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.
• Ability to work effectively and collaboratively, think practically and be solution-oriented.
• Willingness to tackle matters outside their area of expertise.