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Mark C. Morril
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Mark Morril is Senior Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel of Viacom Inc., appointed to this position in December 1998. In this capacity, Mark is in charge of the day-to-day management and supervision of the Viacom Corporate Law Department with responsibility in diverse areas including corporate transactions and finance, litigation, intellectual property, real estate, benefits and international legal matters.
Mark also has significant involvement in the legal affairs of Viacom’s divisions, which include BET, Famous Music, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures.
Mark joined the Company in 1989 as General Counsel of Simon & Schuster, which until its partial divestiture in 1998, was the world’s largest English language publisher, with approximately $3.5 billion in annual revenue. Simon & Schuster's businesses included Pocket Books, Scribner, Free Press, Macmillan, Silver Burdett Ginn and Prentice Hall. Mark joined Viacom Corporate at the time of Viacom’s $4.6 billion sale of the Simon & Schuster education, professional and business publishing businesses.
Mark has had significant involvement in major transactions, litigations, regulatory and other matters during his tenure at Viacom, including the IPO and split-off of Blockbuster, Viacom’s merger with CBS in 2000, the 2005 separation of Viacom and CBS Corporation and a wide variety of matters involving such former operations as CBS Broadcasting, Showtime Networks, Infinity Radio and Viacom Outdoor. Mark has been actively involved in the company's litigation docket which encompasses intellectual property, defamation, employment, environmental and general commercial matters. Mark also has significant experience with legislative and regulatory matters relating to Viacom’s businesses and also managed significant aspects of the discontinued industrial operations of Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Gulf & Western Corporation.
Mark was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a BA, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and a JD from Columbia Law School, where he was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a James Kent Scholar, the School’s highest honor. He has taught Professional Responsibility and Ethics as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School. Prior to joining Viacom, Mark was a litigation partner at a New York law firm.
Mark serves on the boards of the Educational Alliance, a social services and cultural institution, the Legal Action Center, a public interest law firm, and the City Bar Justice Center. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the UJA Entertainment, Media and Communications Division, the Strategic Litigation Committee of the National Chamber Litigation Center and the Legal Policy Advisory Board of the Washington Legal Foundation.