Netflix has appointed Priyanka Chaudhari as director and senior counsel for content and intellectual property in India, LiveLaw reports. Prior to this, she was group vice president for legal at Balaji Telefilms. Chaudhari will be based out of Mumbai and will lead and grow Netflix’s IP law team in India, reporting to the company’s head office in Los Angeles. The report said she will be Netflix’s first content IP lawyer in India. Her responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with Netflix’s creative, business, legal and other teams to acquire and develop intellectual property and guide them through production and distribution;
  • Serving as an internal, cross-functional expert on all areas of IP law in India
  • Managing claims of IP infringement at the pre-litigation stage
  • Creating and implementing production clearance strategies for Indian content and giving advice on complex rights acquisitions and grants.

She has previously been with Bharti Axa Life Insurance Company, Star India, Zee Entertainment. At Balaji Telefilms, she headed legal and regulatory affairs, including movies, OTT services and television.

Yesterday, we reported that Netflix’s creative executive for India, Simran Sethi, was leaving the company. Based out of Los Angeles, she is reportedly leaving Netflix instead of moving to India. Her replacement will be a Mumbai-based executive who will report to Bela Bajaria, VP for non-English TV originals.