Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Viacom Promotes Marcus Lee As General Counsel For Viacom International Media Networks

Marcus Lee, previously General Counsel (GC) of Channel 5, has been promoted to GC for UK, Northern and Eastern Europe for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). Both Channel 5 and VIMN are part of the media conglomerate Viacom.


Lee, who trained at legacy Charles Russell between 2000 and 2002, has spent nearly seven years at Channel 5 after a number of in-house roles at various media companies. Prior to Channel 5, Lee worked as a legal director at Portland Media Group, as well as an adviser at Express Newspapers and Paramount Home Entertainment, and as a Legal Assistant at Showtime.

Lee, who was recognised in Legal Business' GC Powerlist in both 2013 and 2016, was previously responsible for the legal affairs of VIMN's subsidiary, Channel 5, but in his new role Lee will oversee legal affairs across 33 European countries. Lee will report to VIMN general counsel Caryn Groce and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Paul Dunthorne. US-based Groce took the top job last month after the departure of former legal boss Michael Fricklas.

As part of a restructure, Channel 5 and VIMN will merge legal teams, meaning Lee will have responsibility for the legal affairs for all of VIMN's networks, including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.

The new department will have overall responsibility for all legal and regulatory matters for Viacom’s branded networks in the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe.

Dunthorne commented: "Marcus is a proven leader within our business with an incredible knowledge base and understanding of the media business. Combining our business and legal affairs teams under his management will ensure we keep ahead of the changing commercial and contractual demands of and on our business at a time of rapid change and increasing complexity in our sector."

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Sources: Legal Business, Top Lawyer Firms.
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