Louise Sams is executive vice president and general counsel for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). In this capacity, she oversees the company’s legal matters worldwide, which include acquisitions and joint ventures; production and clearance of content for Turner Broadcasting’s news, entertainment and animation networks; protection of the company’s intellectual property; and litigation and employment matters. Sams directs a staff of some 90 lawyers located in Atlanta, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Seoul, Mumbai, Delhi, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires and Sau Paulo. Sams is based in Atlanta and reports to Phil Kent, chairman and CEO, TBS, Inc.
Prior to joining TBS, Inc. in 1993, Sams was a corporate associate at White & Case in New York. She represented various domestic and international clients in the negotiation and documentation of acquisitions, strategic mergers, dispositions, joint ventures and private and public securities offerings in the United States and abroad.
Sams earned a bachelor of arts degree at Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was executive editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law. She has a rich history of community involvement and serves on the board of trustees of Princeton University, the High Museum of Art, the Woodruff Arts Center and Meals on Wheels Atlanta. Sams was a 2007 honoree of the Trickle Up Foundation and was named by National Law Journal among the 50 most influential women lawyers in America.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.