Netflix is changing the way nearly 150 million subscribers around the world enjoy entertainment. Our international efforts have brought Netflix to virtually all countries and as we bring even more of our Originals programming to our viewers around the globe, it’s an exciting time to work at Netflix.
Our growing global Music Business & Legal Affairs Group is looking for a new member to join the team: a Counsel, Music who shares our passion for music and the entertainment industry to help support our expanding slate of Netflix Original content. Someone who seeks out and thrives in an environment where freedom and responsibility are a tenet, and passion, innovation and curiosity are mandates (https: jobs.netflix.com/culture). A stunning and selfless colleague for whom no task is too small or insurmountable.
The Music Business & Legal Affairs Group is based in Los Angeles, London and Berlin and is responsible for all of Netflix’s global music business affairs, legal affairs and strategy, from the production and licensing of Netflix Originals through to the distribution of the Netflix service globally. This role is based in our Los Angeles office and reports to a Director, Music in the Los Angeles office.
This unique and exciting role sits on the studio side of the Music Business & Legal Affairs Group and focuses 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 swath of internal and external partners. With a focus on the genre of kids & family productions, both animated and live action, the candidate will have the opportunity to manage a high volume of transactions and complex negotiations. Not only is this area undergoing explosive growth, the nature of music business affairs support for this type of compelling programming frequently entails strategic planning from development through pre-production and more detailed dealmaking concerning ancillary rights and music exploitation. This role will therefore be a key thought partner to all teams involved in producing this content.
Responsibilities include overseeing all music business and legal affairs matters during production: from structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements with composers, songwriters, artists, performers, producers, record companies and music publishers, to addressing music licensing issues in collaboration with our Music Licensing team. This role will take ownership over his/her own productions and will autonomously give music business, legal and strategy guidance to those productions and will negotiate and draft all commercial and legal terms of related music deals. This role will also negotiate and draft music terms in content deals, rights acquisition deals and production agreements with third-party production partners, co-production partners and third party licensors of content.
Given this broad scope of responsibility, the ideal candidate will have: expertise in the music market for the production of series and/or film; and immersive, hands-on experience in negotiating commercial terms and legal issues and drafting music agreements for series/film production. He or she will handle music contract and copyright related matters as they arise, will likely need to dig into local law and practice in various international territories, and should be extremely comfortable working independently, counseling business partners and making decisions that have both legal and business impacts.
As a Counsel, Music, your vast music production experience enables you to handle any situation or crisis that may be encountered on a production. You’ve seen it all and aren’t fazed by the last minute surprises, on set and off set, that inevitably arise when shooting a series or film. You expertly navigate those situations to arrive at the best solution for the production and the studio. 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 calls. 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 be part of a public company with a great consumer brand and to help Netflix shape the future of entertainment.
The ideal candidate for this role would have: 5+ years of series/film production music experience, including direct, hands-on experience structuring, negotiating and drafting composer, performer and featured artist agreements, master use and synchronization license agreements, 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 music and technology industries, including active relationships with music agents, lawyers, managers, music publishers and record companies; comfort and flexibility in working with different laws and practices across territories; understanding of labor and guild agreements impacting the recording and use of music; and understanding of the evolving CMO, theatrical, VOD and TV landscapes.
In this case, however, candidates with less music experience, but with a superlative background, strong enthusiasm for the role, and clear potential to excel, both within the Music Business & Legal Affairs Group, as well as Netflix generally, will be considered for focused, on-the-job training. Experience providing in-house support in a television or film production company and/or network is highly preferred. Fluency in other languages is also highly preferred.
The successful candidate will also possess the following:
- Drafting and project management skills
- Negotiation and communication style that is adaptable to local markets
- Clear, concise and effective communication skills
- Highly-collaborative, with the ability to be fluid and respond positively to change and new ideas
- 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