(November 18, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) has promoted highly respected attorney Jody Zucker to head the company’s legal affairs department as Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Warner Bros. Television. The announcement was made today by Brett A. Paul, the company’s Executive Vice President, who oversees the division’s business (business affairs, legal, finance, administration) and production operations. In his role as SVP & General Counsel, Zucker will be responsible for the day-to-day management of WBTV’s legal department and its staff of attorneys. He will supervise all facets of television legal affairs for the company and will continue to report to Mr. Paul. “Jody is a highly accomplished attorney with a deep understanding of our business, and I am thrilled to announce his formal appointment as General Counsel,” said Paul. Recently, Zucker has been instrumental in the division’s digital efforts, including the launch of TheWB.com and the negotiation of the company’s digital agreements with the broadcast networks. He is an eight-year veteran of the company, joining WBTV as Vice President, Legal Affairs, in 2000. He took on Deputy General Counsel responsibilities in 2003 and then was promoted to Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel in 2005. He has been serving as Acting General Counsel since 2007. While at WBTV, Zucker has been the primary legal counsel on a number of the company’s signature series, including “Gilmore Girls” and “The O.C.” Prior to joining WBTV, Zucker spent three years as Vice President, Legal Affairs, Paramount Network Television. He was previously at Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., for six years, serving as General Attorney, Litigation & Employment, for four years, and Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, for two. Before Cap Cities/ABC, Zucker practiced law at leading firms in New York and Los Angeles, handling transactional, litigation and production-related matters for a wide range of clients. He graduated from The State University of New York, Stony Brook, with a bachelor of arts in political science, and earned his juris doctor – magna cum laude – from New York Law School.
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