H. Gwen Marcus, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, is Showtime Networks Inc.’s chief legal officer, with responsibility for all of the company’s legal affairs, including its programming and distribution transactions, intellectual property, compliance, litigation and regulatory issues, and other legal policy matters. An integral member of the Showtime Networks senior management team, Ms. Marcus is often recognized by industry publications as a top executive in her field, including The Hollywood Reporter (Women in Entertainment Power 100 list and Power Lawyers Raising The Bar Award); Variety (Power of Women Impact Report, Legal Impact Report and Inclusion Impact Report); Multichannel News (Wonder Woman Award); and CableFax (Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Cable andTop Lawyers list). Ms. Marcus has also been honored by the New York County Lawyers Association (Outstanding Women in the Legal Profession); The National Law Journal (America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel); and Inside Counsel (Transformative Leadership Sharing the Power Award for advancing the economic empowerment of women in the law). Ms. Marcus has been with Showtime Networks for 35 years, having joined the company in 1984 as Assistant Counsel. Prior to joining Showtime Networks, she practiced entertainment law from 1981 to 1984 as an Associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Ms. Marcus is a frequent speaker on diversity and management issues, and has delivered keynote addresses before the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), and the Capitol Region (NJ) Minority Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Marcus serves as Vice Chair of the Board of TDF (formerly Theatre Development Fund), and on the Advisory Board of WILEF (Women in Law Empowerment Forum). She is a former Board member of MCCA (Minority Corporate Counsel Association), which honored her with its Paula L. Ettelbrick Award (for advancing LGBT attorneys), and a former Board Co-Chair of the LGBT Community Center of New York, which honored her with its Corporate Leader Award. She also has been recognized by numerous other not-for-profit organizations, including POWER UP (Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up, which named her one of the Ten Most Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz), Cable Positive (the cable industry’s AIDS action organization), GMHC (for which she was the largest individual fundraiser for AIDS Walk New York for several years), and the YWCA of the City of New York (which named her a Woman Achiever). She also has been published in Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession, a joint publication of the American Bar Association and the National LGBT Bar Association.
Ms. Marcus is a member of the New York Bar. She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University, with a Phi Beta Kappa key. A cum laude graduate of New York University School of Law, she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an Articles Editor of the New York University Law Review.
She is based at Showtime Networks’ headquarters in New York City.