Jeffrey D. Schneider is the Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, for National Geographic Partners. He is the chief legal officer of the company, which is comprised of global businesses in the areas of television, publishing, home entertainment, travel and consumer products. He is based in Washington, D.C., after previously spending his professional career in Los Angeles.
Immediately prior to National Geographic Partners, Schneider was the executive vice president, business and legal affairs & general counsel, for Shine America (currently known as Endemol-Shine U.S.). He led Shine America’s in-house business and legal affairs department and served as the company’s top legal officer.
Before joining Shine America, Schneider was executive vice president, business affairs, entertainment & digital networks, of NBCUniversal, where he oversaw all aspects of business affairs for the group’s Bravo, Oxygen, Style, Sprout and Telemundo television programming services as well as the Fandango and Daily Candy digital assets.
From 2007 to 2011, Schneider served as the senior vice president of business affairs and deputy general counsel for Lifetime Television Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of A+E Networks. He oversaw all business affairs and entertainment-related legal policy for Lifetime’s programming, marketing initiatives and digital product. He also was responsible for all business affairs for A+E Networks’ scripted programming across its network holdings, including Lifetime, A+E and The History Channel.
Schneider has also served in legal and/or business affairs executive capacities at Fox Television Studios, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures Corp., and has been an associate at the entertainment law firms Slaff, Mosk & Rudman (as a litigator) and at Katz, Golden & Sullivan, where he represented talent, producers, writers, directors and production companies.
Schneider is currently an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown Law School and an adjunct professor of business and economics at Carnegie-Mellon University’s Heinz School of Management. He has spoken at more than two dozen seminars, symposia and panels and has served on the USC Entertainment Law Symposium syllabus committee.
Schneider holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California (1991, with honors, law review), as well as a B.A. in communication studies from UCLA (1987, cum laude). He began his legal career in 1991 as a law clerk to the chief U.S. district court judge for the district of Nevada, the Hon. Edward C. Reed Jr.
Schneider is married with three children and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.