Lisa A. Williams-Fauntroy is Senior Vice President for Business & Legal Affairs at Discovery Communications, LLC. Discovery is a global media company that owns and operates many cable networks including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Investigation Discovery.
At Discovery, Lisa manages and handles business and legal affairs matters for the company’s largest television network, Discovery Channel, as well as Science Channel and Velocity. When Lisa joined Discovery in March of 1997, she began her career in the legal department focusing on transactional work for network productions, talent deals and pre-broadcast review of legal issues for the company’s programming. Since starting at Discovery, Lisa has worked for nearly every network in the company and has had the opportunity to contribute her legal and business skills to many content and corporate deals for the company’s joint ventures and new businesses.
Currently, as a business and legal affairs executive, Lisa manages a bi-coastal team and she serves as a collaborative and strategic partner to the development, production and programming teams at Discovery Channel and for other networks. Her practice area includes complex deal negotiations and transactional work and she advises internal clients on content liability matters related to defamation, publicity, privacy and copyright issues.
Prior to joining Discovery, Lisa was an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm formerly known as Roberts & Eckard, P.C. (now Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP). She is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she received a dual degree in Broadcast Journalism and Sociology, and a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she received her law degree. Lisa lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.
Lisa is a board member for the national board of NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. She serves as a mentor to professional women both inside and outside of her company and she has been a regular contributor to the Practicing Law Institute’s Faculty on Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry.