Seth Metsch is Vice President and Digital Media Counsel in the Legal & Business Affairs division of A+E Networks. Seth has also previously served as Sr. Director, Business Development in the Digital Media division of A+E. A+E is a major provider of television programming, including A&E Network, Lifetime Network and History channel. In addition to its television properties, A+E operates stand-alone web properties, including the parenting network LifetimeMoms.com, mobile apps, and social games on Facebook.
One of Seth's focuses is negotiating and drafting agreements for domestic and international digital media transactions, including video distribution over broadband Internet, IPTV and mobile platforms. Deals are with both stand alone platforms and television multi-system operators as part of "TV Everywhere" initiatives. Another focus is applications, gaming and virtual worlds, including iPhone/iPod/iPad apps, development and distribution of social games for Facebook, development of casual games and implementation of a virtual currency on A+E's own web properties. He also advises programming acquisition groups of digital media rights necessary to implement A+E's strategy, and provides primary legal support related to interactive websites and digital advertising.
Immediately prior to A+E, Seth was Associate General Counsel at Sirius Satellite Radio, where he advised various business units, including programming, sales and marketing, data services, consumer electronics, engineering and information technology. Most notably (to his friends at least), Seth drafted all of the sweepstakes and contest rules for Howard Stern.
Seth has also worked at Princeton Video Image (PVI), an Emmy award winning provider of virtual and interactive advertising and visual effects for television (including the virtual first down line in telecasts of football games and the virtual advertisements behind home plate in telecasts of baseball game), where he instituted deal structures and procedures, as well as negotiated and drafted licenses, service agreements and a variety of other transactions; LuxuryFinder.com, an online luxury goods retailer, where he headed the business units for the website's portal and affiliate programs, negotiated business development deals and served as counsel; Parker Chapin LLP, a New York law firm (now part of Troutman Sanders LLP), where he was a corporate associate; and as a legislative assistant for U.S. Congressman Gary L. Ackerman, where he advised the Congressman on domestic issues, including telecommunications and technology.
As an avid consumer of digital media, Seth is a Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter power user. Seth runs a Digital Media Lawyers group on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1890981). Follow him on Twitter (@SethDMC) or read his occasional blog (www.SethDMC.com). Seth loves gadgets and will probably be into the next cool thing as soon as it comes along!
Seth is a graduate of Tufts University, where he served as chairman of the students' judiciary panel, and of the Fordham University School of Law, where he was the Senior Articles Editor of the Fordham Environmental Law Journal.