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Name and title: Louise S. Sams, executive vice president and general counsel; president of Turner Broadcasting System International. Age: 50 Broadcasting behemoth: Turner Broadcasting System Inc. is a leading provider of cable television programming. Its 24-hour, all-news network CNN is viewed by 1 billion people worldwide. The originator of the “superstation” concept, the company’s extensive portfolio of networks and businesses includes such cable mainstays as TBS, Turner Network Television, the Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, Adult Swim and Boomerang. European, Latin American and Asian permutations inform and entertain viewers around the globe. The brainchild of entrepreneur and advertising magnate Ted Turner, the company dates to his 1970 acquisition of a struggling UHF station. TBS Inc. is based in Atlanta, and it employs more than 10,000 people. Parent company Time Warner Inc. has not disclosed the subsidiary’s revenues. Legal team and outside counsel: Sams provides direction to 85 attorneys worldwide, with most located in Atlanta. The others are based in Los Angeles; London; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Mumbai, India. Sams’ team performs the bulk of the legal work in-house. An exception is litigation, which is handled by outside counsel supervised by a staff attorney. Over the years, many of these cases have gone to Atlanta’s Troutman Sanders. Large deals, such as document-heavy acquisitions, also may require assistance. Although “it is useful to know the laws of other countries,” Sams employs local lawyers when transactions call for foreign expertise. Recently, Cravath, Swaine & Moore of New York has partnered with Sams’ attorneys on acquisitions and dispositions. “There are also any number of other firms that have assisted us episodically on certain matters.” As a rule, one of Sams’ deputies hires outside firms, frequently with her input. She reports to Philip I. Kent, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. Daily duties: “I can say that I learn something new almost every day,” Sams said. No two days are the same, “and I like the fact that my roles at Turner keep me on my toes.” She oversees all legal matters at Turner Broadcasting, covering corporate concerns, news, entertainment and sports. She has a hand in sales, distribution and international duties, plus government affairs on both the local and federal levels. Additionally, Sams acts as chief compliance officer. When in Atlanta, Sams’ days are “largely spent in meetings.” She catches up with her quartet of deputies, engages in tête-à-têtes with executive managers, or checks in with the Atlanta-based head of the Latin American businesses. Her international role puts her on the go as much as 40 percent of the time as she visits Turner employees, customers and competitors outside the United States. “I try to stay on top of the business in the [United States] because of my legal responsibilities, but also so that I can see where cross-pollinations between our U.S. business and our international businesses could be beneficial.” Communication difficulties and differences in approach can make international transactions a challenge, she noted. Regulators, etc.: Time Warner’s Washington office generally is the front line in relations with domestic regulators, but Sams’ team gets more directly involved from time to time. The same holds true on the international front; if Turner’s tenure in a country or the particular issue at hand make it appropriate for Sams’ team to work with the regulators, they do so. As for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, “the initial frenzy of activity has abated, and many of the procedures have become second nature.” The legal department works on lobbying through Time Warner and various trade associations. Its attorneys are “well-versed” in immigration and labor laws. Sams and her colleagues are cognizant of the risks involved whenever employees are traveling or stationed abroad. TV networks and Web sites face many security issues, and the department takes “appropriate measures to safeguard our proprietary information.” Miscellaneous nuggets: With the advent of digital technology, “there are fewer black-and-white answers relating to copyright and technology issues, and thus, lawyers are having to negotiate the ‘gray,’” Sams said. “Good judgment has always been important to the practice of law, but it is critical these days, when advising clients on issues of first impression in the digital world.” During her Turner tenure, Sams has been involved in the company’s transformation from a public company to being a subsidiary of a public one. She was also involved in the AOL-Time Warner merger. When she first came aboard, Sams was asked to attend board meetings that included “many of the people who had started the cable television business, such as Ted Turner, John Malone and Gerry Levin. This was an amazing opportunity to listen to some true visionaries.” Lawyers from the legal group have been recognized for their pro bono activities. The department attempts to foster diversity both in-house and in the legal community at large. It engages in outreach efforts at colleges to steer minority students toward law school. Route to present position: Sams launched her career in 1986 as an associate in the New York office of White & Case, where she specialized in securities and mergers and acquisitions. She joined TBS Inc. in 1993 as a general corporate attorney. Sams became general counsel in 2000 and assumed her international role three years later. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1979. She earned a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985. Personal: Atlanta-born Sams, who is single, fills her downtime with running, collecting wine and traveling. One of her office windows was shattered by debris when tornadoes hit Atlanta in March. Fortunately, she said, they were double-paned, or else “most of my office papers would have escaped my desk that night.” In 2007, The National Law Journal named Sams one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America. Last books and movie: “Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case,” by Stuart Taylor and K.C. Johnson, and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” by Khaled Hosseini; and “No Country For Old Men.”

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