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George Cheeks and Andra Shapiro

Andra Shapiro joined MTV Networks as Counsel in 1988, and during her 20+ year tenure at the company has managed the business and legal affairs for the Nickelodeon children's television network. She is currently Executive Vice President/General Counsel for the Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group and Co-General Counsel of MTV Networks along with George Cheeks. Prior to joining MTV Networks, Andra was an associate attorney with the intellectual property firm Cowan, Liebowitz and Latman. Andra graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College. She holds a MA in Art History from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts and a JD from NYU's School of Law.

George Cheeks began his career as an entertainment associate at Loeb & Loeb. In addition, he served as Vice-President, Business Affairs for Castle Rock Entertainment and worked as an entertainment attorney at the boutique entertainment firm of Hansen, Jacobson, et al. In 1998, Andra hired George as a junior lawyer for MTV Networks in the Business and Legal Affairs (BALA) Department for Nickelodeon. In December of 2002 he was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Counsel of MTV, MTV2, MTVu and MTV Films. In January of 2005, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MTV, MTV2, MTVu, MTV Films, VH1, CMT and LOGO. George’s current title is Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Co-General Counsel, MTV Networks and General Counsel, Music Group & Entertainment Group. George graduated from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa) and received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School.

George and Andra have made a lasting impact on the diversity of the MTV Networks community. As Executive Vice Presidents, Co-General Counsels of MTV Networks (MTVN), they have built a law department that is more than one-third persons of racial/ethnic minorities and diverse in every way – by race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religious affiliation, personality, work style, and family life. Their success is evident in their retention of diverse lawyers, where the average length of service exceeds eight years.

Their innovation in instilling diversity into the fabric of BALA’s culture cannot be overstated. Together, they have built a law department that is both diverse and supportive—fostering their employees’ professional and personal needs.