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Seth A. Metsch

Seth A. Metsch

A+E Networks
Vice President and Digital Media Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs
New York City, NY, USA

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 A+E’s Digital Media division.  A+E is a major provider of television programming, including the A&E, Lifetime, HISTORY, LMN, fyi, and H2 networks.  In addition to its television properties, A+E operates digital properties on various platforms, including the *asterisk website, Planet H apps for children, watch apps for TV Everywhere, and casual games for several television series.

Seth spends significant time working on strategic partnerships, joint ventures and investments that further A+E’s content and technology development strategies.  Seth also 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.  Another focus is apps and games, including iOS and Android apps.  He also advises programming acquisition groups of digital media rights necessary to implement A+E's strategy, and provides primary legal support related to digital websites and related 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.  Seth currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy.

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