Michelle Kim is Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Programming at Time Warner Cable. She is responsible for all legal matters related to content acquisition, programming and the company’s video product departments, including its video service, regional sports networks and local sports/news programming operations. In this role, Ms. Kim, along with her team, leads all legal aspects of content acquisition negotiations for linear, video on demand and TV Everywhere distribution rights with Time Warner Cable’s major programming suppliers, including the Walt Disney Company, News Corp., Comcast/NBCU, CBS, Discovery Communications, MTV Networks, Turner/HBO, AETN, AMC Networks and broadcast station ownership groups, across traditional and digital media platforms.
In addition, Ms. Kim negotiates and drafts agreements governing consumer electronics and other technology relationships for the operation and expansion of TWCTV® (the company’s in-home and TV Everywhere IP video platforms) on a range of Internet-connected devices, such as iPad, Xbox, Roku and Samsung Smart TV. She also advises senior management in the development of strategic initiatives involving content and policies that intersect with programming, including retransmission consent reform, Time Warner Cable’s StartOver® and LookBack® features and the launch of the TWCTV app on Apple’s iPad, which positioned the company as the first multichannel video programming distributor to bring live IP-delivery of linear TV to consumer-owned devices.
Ms. Kim began her career with Time Warner Cable in September 2002 as Associate Counsel, Programming, where one of her first responsibilities was to see the company through the then-impending retransmission consent cycle. In 2005, she was selected to lead the company’s programming legal team as Chief Counsel, Programming.
Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, she was an associate in the New York office of the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where she spent time in the firm’s litigation and technology transactions departments. Immediately after graduating from law school, she was a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Barrington D. Parker, Jr., during his tenure as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Each year, Ms. Kim is listed among the most powerful women and most influential minorities in cable by CableFAX: The Magazine. In 2011, she was named a “Wonder Woman” by Multichannel News and a High Impact Leader by Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders. Ms. Kim is a longstanding and active member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). She serves as the Executive Sponsor of TWC’s Asian Pacific Islander Collective (APIC), an employee network dedicated to creating a forum where Asian-Pacific American employees and others who are interested can share best practices, network and build relationships within the company and promote the organization out in the community.
Ms. Kim previously served on the Board of Directors for Performance Space 122, a not-for-profit arts organization located in the East Village of Manhattan that is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theater, music and performance.
Ms. Kim earned a B.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, Class of XXI.
Time Warner Cable is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and phone services in the U.S., connecting 16 million residential and commercial customers to entertainment, information and each other.