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2022 Corporate Counsel Awards: Corporate Counsel of the Year – Growing Company Honoree: Rob Rader

Rob Rader
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Ovation LLC

Rob Rader is general counsel and corporate secretary at Ovation TV, America’s only arts cable network, which is distributed on AT&T/DIRECTV, Comcast, DISH, Time Warner Cable and Verizon in approximately 50 million households in the United States. At Ovation TV, Rader has direct responsibility for all business and legal matters and human resources, including production, distribution, marketing, litigation, intellectual property, real estate and corporate affairs (including board relations and M&A).

Rader’s chief accomplishments for Ovation include handling all business affairs, pro- duction and clearance for over 300 annual hours of internal productions from all of the major studios in the US, UK and Europe; creating new “over the top” (Internet-based direct-to-consumer) and “FAST” (free advertising-supported television) channels, including obtaining programming rights and negotiating platform agreements with numerous distribution platforms, such as Apple, Android and Roku; and managing crucial distribution negotiations with major providers, such as DIRECTV, Verizon, Comcast and Charter Spectrum, leading to extremely successful outcomes in both rates and numbers of subscribers. He has also overseen successful corporate re-financing and managing board/ corporate matters.

Rader is also extremely committed to community involvement and serves in numerous roles in key local organizations, devoting hundreds of hours per year to these non-profit and educational efforts. Rader is a member of the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, representing the cities of Santa Monica and Malibu in the administration and over-sight of the community college. Rader also works on cutting-edge issues such as online and distance education, edtech and public transportation and ridesharing/ride-hailing.

 

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