The Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (AMEC), the leading professional organization for in-house attorneys in the entertainment and media industry, has named Ana Salas Siegel, General Counsel of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises as the 2020 “Counsel of the Year,” and Madhu Goel Southworth, Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs for AMC Networks., as the “Dealmaker of the Year.” Salas Siegel and Southworth will join a distinguished group of attorneys who have been selected for their overall commitment and dedication to enhancing the legal profession and shaping the modern entertainment landscape. The awards will be presented at the organization’s annual event in January.

It’s a rare moment when we can truly celebrate the remarkable legal professionals who operate away from the limelight but nevertheless steer every deal and work tirelessly to protect the rights of performers, creators and producers every day,” said William Simon, Global Chair of the Entertainment and Media Practice at Korn Ferry, International and an AMEC co-founder. “We continue to be amazed at the accomplishments of the attorneys nominated this year and recognize the incredible personal stories of perseverance, courage and the highest levels of achievement among media and entertainment counsel.”

The 15th Annual AMEC Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held on January 23, 2020 at the Manhattan Beach Country Club. The event recognizes the accomplished men and women working as in-house counsels and business affairs attorneys at major entertainment, media and sports organizations, as well as leading entertainment law firms. Past attendees and honorees have included executives from NBC Universal, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, MGM, Paramount, Electronic Arts, Writers Guild of America, Creative Artists Agency, SAG/AFTRA, Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, Lincoln Center and many others.

2020 Counsel of the Year Awards Honorees