Lima: VP, Business & Legal Affairs, Kids & Family
Noon: VP, Original Series
Paquette: VP, Business and Legal Affairs
Polk: Senior Counsel, Independent Film
Clinching megadeals with top talent for content is not just about money, says Paquette; non-financial elements also matter, including creative freedom. “It’s being nimble and flexible, and reading the parties in the room to understand what’s important to them,” she says. Meanwhile, Polk adds that Netflix, as a Hollywood newcomer and, some would say, disruptor, evangelized talent and dealmakers on its approach toward financial structures, distribution models and other contractual elements. With that education process completed, Polk says, “we’ve been able to move at a quicker pace now” because everyone is now on the same page for transactions. Joining earlier this year in business/legal affairs, Lima shepherded Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion musical “Pinocchio” and Chris Williams’ CG-animated feature “Jacob and the Sea Beast.” Previously, Lima worked at DreamWorks Animation for 17 years. On the business side, Noon spearheaded dealmaking for hit series “Stranger Things,” Obama’s Higher Ground Prods., and Netflix’s talent deals, including head-turning pacts with showrunners Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes. Noon joined six years ago prior to the launch of “House of Cards,” after nine years at Walt Disney Co. Paquette, leading original studio features business/legal affairs, worked on Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Michael Bay’s “6 Underground.” In her four years at Netflix, her department grew to 18 executives. Polk handled romantic comedy “Someone Great” starring Gina Rodriguez; at Netflix since 2013, attorney Polk previously worked at IM Global. All four execs are based in the company’s Los Angeles office.