Director, Legal & Business Affairs A+E Networks
Natalie Stanford is a transactional business attorney currently serving as Director, Legal and Business Affairs, for A+E Networks International, in New York.
Stanford provides tactical counsel to multiple A+E International business groups across A+E’s channel brands, including top brands HISTORY and Lifetime. She primarily structures, negotiates and manages the implementation of agreements for content development, production, acquisition and distribution, and for marketing and research initiatives. She is responsible for facilitating strategic production initiatives between A+E and its global channel partners, which productions have included Emmy Award® nominated series The World Wars and the critically acclaimed Miracle Rising: South Africa and Intervention (Canada). Her contributions as an advisor and negotiator have driven A+E’s program format sales revenue in particular to substantial year-on-year growth and increased the number of A+E’s key content franchises produced globally.
Earlier in her career, Stanford practiced law solo, and before that, as an Associate for the entertainment law firm, Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz and Weinstein, to help provide business opportunities for artists and further social and cultural expression. Committed to the Arts and Entertainment industry, her legal representation has included a range of clients from indie filmmakers, television networks and award-winning director/producers to gallerists, artists and award-winning fashion designers. She serves on the Advisory Board of Topaz Arts, a multimedia not-for-profit organization in Woodside, New York.