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Clifford S. Harris

Clifford S. Harris

Cablevision Systems Corporation
Senior Vice President-Law, Programming
Bethpage, NY, USA


Clifford S. Harris is senior vice president – law, programming at Cablevision Systems Corporation. In this role, Mr. Harris advises Cablevision’s Programming Department on creating and negotiating programming agreements. Additionally, he provides counsel on all programming-related legal, regulatory and copyright matters, particularly those pertaining to new and emerging products and services. Mr. Harris also helps oversee programming litigation matters and advises on property and sales tax issues.

Mr. Harris joined Cablevision in 2005 as senior counsel responsible for negotiating content agreements, including cable affiliation and retransmission consent agreements. In 2009, he was promoted to vice president - law, programming, expanding his role to include regulatory issues and copyright strategy. Over the course of Mr. Harris’ tenure at Cablevision, he has managed many of the company’s critical legal actions, including anti-trust and copyright cases as well as cable regulatory litigation. Notably, Mr. Harris played a central role in guiding the company’s legal strategy surrounding its Optimum App, TV to GO and Optimum Multi-room DVR. 

Prior to joining Cablevision, Mr. Harris served as general counsel for financial start-up WOTN, providing guidance on all aspects of business strategy and planning, including corporate structure and raising capital. In that job, he negotiated and drafted joint venture agreements, software licensing agreements, technology licensing agreements and employment agreements. Before WOTN, Mr. Harris served as an associate at both Arnold & Porter and Sullivan & Cromwell law firms, facilitating public and private securities offerings, including sovereign debt offerings by the governments of Brazil and Israel. In these roles, he also assisted on corporate transactions, including joint ventures for Philip Morris and NBC.

Mr. Harris completed his B.A. in history at Vassar in 1989. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan’s law school in 1992, as a member of the Order of the Coif. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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