Antonia Carew-Watts Joins WNET as Associate Counsel
As Associate Counsel, Ms. Carew-Watts will be responsible for managing program business and legal affairs for WNET and its production subsidiaries. Ms. Carew-Watts will negotiate and draft agreements for the acquisition, co-production and distribution of public television programs, counsel producers, sales and marketing directors, business units and senior management with respect to FCC regulations and communications law, copyright and trademark, employment law, corporate and non-profit law among other matters. She will report to WNET’s Vice President & General Counsel Robert Feinberg.
Ms. Carew-Watts brings a host of production and legal experience to her role as Associate Counsel. Most recently, Ms. Carew-Watts was an associate based in the New York office of the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where her practice focused on intellectual property and entertainment law, advising clients on a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financing, film and live event production, and licensing.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Carew-Watts founded and served as president and head designer of Fig Clothing Inc. She also worked as a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, where she designed restaurants, hotels and attractions at theme parks. Additionally, Ms. Carew-Watts was a production designer and art director on numerous independent film and television projects. She has served on design and visual effects teams for first-run features, including Titanic. Ms. Carew-Watts also worked as a development associate at LA-based Rainbow Television Workshop and ran a capital campaign for The Kitchen, a non-profit space for dance, music and performance.
Ms. Carew-Watts serves on the board of directors of the Association of Black Women Attorneys, where she co-chairs the Communications Committee. She received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Yale University.
In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.