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Lauren Leinburd – Guru Studio

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When kids watch their favorite cartoons, Lauren Leinburd wants them to see themselves on screen. As general counsel and senior vice president of business affairs for Guru Studio, she provides structure and guidance to the company’s legal, business and creative departments. Leinburd works closely with creators, broadcasters and writers to get intellectual property on screen […]

Jennifer Bol – 9 Story Media Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Sometimes, life comes full circle or at least creates a neat little bow-curve. That’s what happened to Jennifer Bol who, in 2012, became 9 Story Media Group director of legal and business affairs. She left the job after three years, returning in 2020 to become the company’s senior vice president of legal and business. “Even […]

Eric Kert – Live Nation Entertainment

Est. reading time: 6 mins

With one of the grittiest and best-known rock riffs, many people know the song “Satisfaction,” as well as the story of the song’s creation. But hearing that story from its writer at a private party in Amsterdam? That’s a rarer distinction. Eric Kert was a new in-house attorney for a live events company in Canada […]

Kesari Ruza – WarnerMedia

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The sixth season of the HBO series “Veep” brought big changes as Vice President Selina Mayer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, left office after losing the presidential election. Mayer wasn’t the only one seeking new work in the show. Her adviser, Dan Egan, landed a job as an anchor for “CBS This Morning.” It’s a turn […]

Mallory Levitt – ViacomCBS Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

About 25 years ago, Mallory Levitt attended her first “Star Trek” fan convention. Levitt didn’t go in costume—there were no pointed Vulcan ears or Starfleet uniforms. But she was still playing a part and was accompanied by a private investigator posing as her date. Together, they wandered the venue and Levitt told him which items […]

Stephanie Plasse – A+E Networks

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As a Yale University undergrad, Stephanie Plasse envisioned a future of writing compelling stories as a journalist. So, she prepared as editor in chief of the Yale Daily News. Now in her position with global media content company A+E Networks, she’s helping deliver, but not write, stories and scripts garnering worldwide audiences. She finds it […]

Brandon Williams – Steve Harvey Global

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Most law students are terrified of the Socratic method, where professors put them on the spot to test their knowledge. Some lawyers, however, embrace that fear and use it to drive them, Brandon Williams says. In fact, when he traded in his Emory Law student seat for a counsel desk at the international law firm […]

Stephanie Abrutyn – WarnerMedia

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The defamation lawsuit of Mitre v. HBO is one that WarnerMedia’s Stephanie Abrutyn remembers well, calling it the type of case that one might see in the “once in a blue moon.” One reason is that it’s rare for a libel case to go to trial—this was the first against a national media company in […]

Rick Levy – ICM Partners

Est. reading time: 6 mins

While there’s been no shortage of “pinch himself” moments—attending movie premieres, A-list parties and award ceremonies—nothing has topped the countless instances where a bright-eyed assistant would let Rick Levy know that Aretha was on the phone. “And it wasn’t some assistant on the other end holding for Aretha,” muses Levy, the longtime general counsel and […]

Jeremy M. Evans – California Sports Lawyer

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For Jeremy Evans, it’s as much a case of being everywhere deals can be made as it is about being there for his clients. As founder, chief entrepreneur officer and managing attorney for California Sports Lawyer, Evans is leveraging his clients’ fame and visibility for something indelible, not just endorsements and acclaim. When founding the […]

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