Noni Ellison Southall

Noni Ellison Southall has worked in the cable and telecommunications industry for over eleven of the fifteen years she has practiced law. She currently serves as senior counsel for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (Turner) and heads Turner's music division. In this capacity, she manages fourteen people and oversees daily operations, including the negotiation of music related deals as well as the licensing and reporting of music utilized by Turner entertainment and news networks (TNT, TBS, TruTV, TCM, Cartoon Network, Much Music, HTV, CNN, HLN and CNN Radio), websites, and associated businesses, both domestic and international. Noni oversees business and legal affairs for the Turner music publishing companies (responsible for collecting and administering approximately $4.5 million annually in royalties) and Williams Street, a record label which she led the efforts to establish as a way to generate additional revenue streams for Cartoon Network. Noni drafts, implements and counsels clients regarding Turner's company-wide music policies and internal risk mitigation strategies. She negotiates performance rights society, artist performance, independent contractor, distribution, publishing and various license agreements. She also serves as lead marketing attorney with respect to various Turner productions, providing legal guidance to Turner entertainment networks regarding marketing campaigns, promotions, and sweepstakes, including copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity issues. During her eight year tenure with Turner, Noni has been a catalyst in the workplace as an innovative, strategic, thought-provoking leader. She has identified opportunities to strategically reorganize the structure of the music division, effectively minimizing legal exposure, implementing technology solutions, as appropriate and maximizing client service while also encouraging and facilitating the growth and development of all members of her team.

Noni earned a bachelor of arts degree in administration of justice and communications from Howard University, magna cum laude and subsequently earned a doctor of law, master of business administration and certification in health administration and policy simultaneously, from the University of Chicago, where she was taught by President Barack Obama and United States Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Georgia.

Noni is a founding member of Black Women in Entertainment Law as well as the Black Professionals at Turner and Working Parents at Turner business resource groups, and she currently represents Turner's Legal Department on Turner's Supplier Diversity Council Taskforce.

Noni was recently featured in the ATLANTAN Magazine as a "Woman of Influence and Power" and was selected by the YWCA as a 2012 YWCA Woman of Achievement, recognizing her role as one of Atlanta's women leaders. She was named as the City of Atlanta's 2012 Powerpreneur in Media and Entertainment. She was also selected by the Atlanta Business League as a 2012 Woman of Influence and by the National Bar Association as one of the 2011 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40. Noni is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2012 and is a recipient of the State Bar of Georgia's Justice Benham Service to the Community award, the National Council of Negro Women's Tribute to Black Women Community Leaders award, the Trumpet Awards Foundation's High Heels in High Places award and has been featured annually in Who's Who In Atlanta. Noni, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana is married to fellow attorney, Kenneth Southall, Sr. and is the proud mother of two children, Kenneth, Jr., seven years old and Kourtney Rose, four years old.

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