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Jeffrey D. Schneider


Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, National Geographic Partners, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., UCLA; J.D., University of Southern California

Jeffrey D. Schneider is the Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, for National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the...

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Jeffrey D. Schneider is the Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, for National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society, which was formed to capitalize on the media brands of National Geographic and which currently generates over $1.5 billion in yearly revenue. He is the chief legal officer of the company, which is comprised of global businesses in the areas of television, publishing, home entertainment and consumer products. He manages a department of 48 (including 18 attorneys) dedicated to over 10 distinct businesses and is in charge of all of the company’s business negotiations and transactional strategy. He is based in Washington, D.C. after previously spending his entire professional career in Los Angeles.

Immediately prior to National Geographic Partners, Professor Schneider was the Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs & General Counsel, for Shine America (currently known as Endemol-Shine U.S.). He led Shine America’s in-house business and legal affairs department and served as the company’s top legal officer.

Prior to joining Shine America, Professor Schneider was Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, at NBCUniversal where he oversaw all aspects of business affairs for the group’s Bravo, Oxygen, Style, Sprout and Telemundo television programming services, as well as the Fandango and Daily Candy digital assets.

From 2007 to 2011, Professor Schneider served as the Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Deputy General Counsel for Lifetime Television Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of A+E Networks. There he oversaw all business affairs and entertainment-related legal policy for Lifetime’s programming, marketing initiatives and digital product. He also was responsible for all business affairs for AETN’s scripted programming across its network holdings, including Lifetime, A+E and The History Channel.

Professor Schneider has also served in legal and/or business affairs executive positions at Fox Television Studios, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures Corp., and was an associate at the entertainment law firms Slaff, Mosk & Rudman (as a litigator) and at Katz, Golden & Sullivan where he represented talent, producers, writers, directors and production companies in all manner of televisions and film transactions.

Professor Schneider is currently an adjunct professor of business and economics at the Carnegie-Mellon University Heinz Graduate School of Management and has held adjunct positions teaching entertainment law at the University of Southern California and Pepperdine Schools of Law. He has spoken at more than two dozen seminars, symposia and panels and has served on the USC Entertainment Law Symposium syllabus committee.

Professor Schneider holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California (1991, with honors, law review), as well as a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA (1987, cum laude). He began his legal career in 1991 as a Law Clerk to the Chief U. S. District Court Judge for the District of Nevada, the Hon. Edward C. Reed, Jr. He is married with three children and is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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