IP Counsel - Content Legal
Our Legal team in Tokyo is looking for a new member to join the team: a Manager, Music Business & Legal Affairs who shares our passion for music, the entertainment industry and great content. Someone who seeks out and thrives in an environment where freedom and responsibility are a tenet, and passion, innovation and curiosity are mandates. A stunning and selfless colleague for whom no task is too small or insurmountable. If you loved the series and the music in The Naked Director and Stranger Things or if you love anime, this could be the job for you…
This unique and exciting role will focus on providing music business, legal and strategy support for the production and licensing of Netflix Originals. The role will have broad responsibility and unique insight into multiple aspects of our business and the opportunity to work with a wide number of internal and external partners. This role would also work very closely with Netflix's Music Group who are responsible for all of Netflix's global music business affairs, legal affairs and music strategy, from the production and licensing of Netflix Originals through to the distribution of the Netflix service globally. In addition to being supported by the Legal team based in the Tokyo office, this role will also be supported by the Music Group and its members across the globe. This role will be based in our Tokyo office and will be a part of the Japan Legal team, while functionally reporting into the global Music team. .
Responsibilities include overseeing all music business & legal affairs and all music clearance and music licensing 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 producer deals, music clearances and music licensing deals, worldwide public domain assessments, 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, record companies and music publishers, and clearing music and negotiating music license contracts). 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 licenses and other rights acquisition deals, providing guidance around the creation and delivery of cue sheets, song credits, providing music guidance and creative suggestion 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. In addition, this role will also support ancillary exploitations of music rights such as soundtrack albums.
As a Manager, Music Business & Legal Affairs your music experience enables you to handle any music situation or issue that may be encountered on a production. You are not flustered by the last minute surprises that inevitably arise when shooting an anime project, series, film or documentary. You are able to calmly navigate those situations to arrive at the best solution for the production and for Netflix. You understand the dynamics among showrunners, executive producers, creative, 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 arises. You also have a deep understanding of the music industry and the dynamics among recording artists, songwriters, record companies, music publishers, music producers, music directors and CMOs such as JASRAC. You are comfortable evaluating risk with imperfect information and have the confidence to make quick decisions. You may produce locally but you think globally.
This is an opportunity to shape the future of entertainment. The ideal candidate will have: deep expertise in the music market for the production of series and/or film; and hands-on experience in music clearance, music licensing and negotiating commercial terms and drafting music agreements for series/film production.
The ideal candidate will have: 5+ years of music production experience for anime, series, film or documentaries, including direct, hands-on experience in structuring, negotiating and drafting composer, performer and featured artist agreements, master use and synchronization license agreements, music director and music producer agreements, songwriter agreements, record company and music publishing waivers and soundtrack album agreements; in-depth knowledge of music copyright and the series/film production process - from development, budgeting, pre-production, production and post production to music clearance/licensing to composer engagement/recording through to delivery, cue sheets, marketing and launch; practical knowledge of the Japan music and entertainment industries, including the role of CMOs such as JASRAC, and active relationships with music agents, lawyers, managers, music publishers and record companies. Experience providing in-house support in an anime, television, documentary or film production company and/or network is highly preferred.
The successful candidate will also possess the following:
• Fluency (written and spoken) in English and Japanese languages
• Exceptional drafting and project management skills
• Clear, concise and effective communication skills
• Highly-collaborative and flexible with the ability to respond positively to change and new ideas
• Experience managing heavy workflow independently.
• 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
• Resourceful and able to pivot quickly, think practically and be solution-oriented
• Curiosity and eagerness to tackle additional projects as needed, including matters outside of your area of expertise
• Tech-savvy, with a strong sense of how cloud-based document and database systems are used in a modern business environment
Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 195 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.