Teamsters Local 399 in Hollywood has hired former Netflix Senior Counsel Kay Kimmel as its in-house counsel, where she will also serve as Legal Counsel for Teamsters’ Motion Picture and Theatrical Trade Division.
Kimmel assumed her new roles on May 2, the first day of the Writers Guild of America strike. Her appointment was formally announced at the Teamsters Local 399 general meeting on Sunday night.
Kimmel, who left Netflix late last month, worked for the streaming giant for nearly six years and previously served as VP Labor Relations at Paramount and Entertainment Partners.
“It’s almost unheard of for lawyers to move from the management side to the worker side,” said Lindsay Dougherty, secretary and treasurer of Local 399 and director of Teamsters’ Motion Picture and Theatrical Trade Division. “We are very happy that Kay has joined our team. She has always been a fair and respected advocate, including while serving employers. Her decades of experience in our industry and thorough understanding of our Local 399 contracts make her a great asset to our members and the division.”
Local 399’s current contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is up for renegotiation next year. Kimmel will join Local 399’s negotiation team and will also assist with increased contract enforcement.