Faculty Profiles - Adjunct Professors

Mitzi  Hill

Mitzi Hill

Adjunct Professor

Areas of Expertise

Compliance, Data Privacy and Security, General Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Media and Communications, Technology

Curriculum Vitae

Mitzi Hill is a member of Taylor English’s Corporate and Business practice group. She is an experienced media, intellectual property, and technology lawyer. Her practice focuses on data security and privacy, entertainment and media issues, and technology licensing and development. She has counseled clients regarding data breach remediation and prevention, privacy issues involving consumer credit and other data, and data technology security matters generally.

Before joining Taylor English, Ms. Hill was Assistant General Counsel with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. During her 15-year career there, she handled a wide range of legal and policy questions, including technology licensing and maintenance; programming licensing and acquisition for both television and digital properties; intellectual property matters related to distribution and security of programming on digital networks; regulatory compliance and training, including FCC requirements and privacy; domestic and international programming sales; and general corporate secretarial matters.

In her policy and compliance role, Ms. Hill worked closely with Turner’s parent company, Time Warner, and sister divisions to track regulatory and other developments regarding consumer privacy online, including EU Safe Harbor and various US bills and FTC proceedings. She also drafted and maintained initial privacy policies for the fledgling CNN.com Website and its associated services, as well as for jointly-developed sites between CartoonNetwork.com and third parties. Ms. Hill also negotiated data ownership, use and disposition provisions in various licensing, distribution, e-commerce, and service agreements. In addition, she co-chaired Turner’s efforts to build online platforms that are compliant with the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. She also represented Turner in the Open Authentication Technology Committee, the cross-industry "TV Everywhere" effort to develop a framework to authenticate viewers for secure online television viewing, which raised issues relating to sensitive consumer data as well as enabling protection of copyrights in a digital environment. Ms. Hill also oversaw other compliance matters such as FCPA training, OFAC issues, and Adam Walsh Act record-keeping. She also coordinated maintenance of the company’s FCC licenses, for both production equipment and broadcast.

Ms. Hill also has substantial experience in programming-related issues and the intersection of programming with consumer technologies such as streaming and mobile distribution. She worked closely with studios and other programming networks to coordinate intellectual property/copyright policy in FCC proceedings and with respect to draft legislation affecting copyright holders.

Under Ms. Hill’s oversight, the company created and managed an online copyright infringement enforcement program designed to counter emerging, disruptive technologies such as video-sharing. Ms. Hill also created and managed a team that could analyze and evaluate programming rights from across the company’s portfolio of networks and across licensed territories. This cross-company clearance effort paved the way for increased international syndication of Turner’s programming and for greatly-expanded digital syndication globally. Ms. Hill’s work in this regard evolved from her background in technology, but also from time spent overseas, where she oversaw the legal function for the distribution of the company’s networks in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Prior to going in-house, Ms. Hill was in private practice at King & Spalding, where she focused on technology and media issues including satellite distribution, copyright infringement, and First Amendment claims. While there, she worked with major entertainment, marketing, and sports organizations on their trademark and copyright disputes, and represented several software owners in infringement proceedings.

Education: JD, University of Michigan (cum laude); BA, University of Alabama (magna cum laude).