Heather M. Hutchinson, Retreat Keynote Speaker (Nov. 11, 2015)

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Heather M. Hutchinson
Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs
Scripps Networks Interactive – US & International

Heather Hutchinson is Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Scripps Networks Interactive, home of the leading lifestyle and entertainment brands, HGTVFood NetworkCooking ChannelDIYTravel Channel and GAC (Great American Country).  As part of a team of negotiators, Heather secures the services of many of the networks’ most recognizable talent.  She also provides ongoing business and legal affairs support to Scripps’ international programming team in the UK and EMEA, and was part of the launch team of Food Network Brazil last year.  Prior to Scripps, Heather held similar positions at Discovery Communications, including leading the Talent Legal Affairs team and overseeing negotiations for all talent across the domestic networks, and negotiating and drafting agreements for the production, development, distribution and financing of programming for Discovery’s US and international networks.  Heather has a wealth of business and legal affairs experience in television, digital media, international production finance and intellectual property licensing.

Heather received her law degree from the University of Ottawa and her Bachelor of Science (Honors) from Queen’s University.  She is a member of both the New York and Ontario bars, and is an active member of a number of trade and professional organizations including the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), Sports Lawyers Association and Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.  Heather is also a Board Member and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee of the Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter of WICT.