Peter Steckelman is Tennis Channel’s senior vice president of business and legal affairs. In this role since joining the network in 2011, he leads and executes the channel’s initiatives in tournament-rights licensing, content acquisitions, affiliate distribution, digital initiatives, talent negotiations, live production, original programming, intellectual property protection and litigation resolution, as well as marketing, promotion and social media campaigns.
Throughout his career, Steckelman has worked for many entertainment industry leaders, including Konami Digital Entertainment, Warner Bros., Mattel, Fox and Disney. Prior to Tennis Channel, he worked in the interactive entertainment industry for Konami, overseeing the legal and business affairs group focusing on console and digital game development, production, distribution and marketing, as well as employment, government affairs and industry litigation matters. Steckelman’s experience at Warner Bros. included building and leading a business and legal affairs team in the traditional media of film and television, concentrating on development, production, talent and distribution. He also worked as part of a large studio legal team synthesizing content acquisition and distribution goals across multiple businesses and digital opportunities.
Steckelman has been recognized by his peers as a Corporate Counsel Award Finalist in 2014 by the Los Angeles Business Journal as well as “Sports Counsel of the Year” in 2012 by the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (AMEC). He was also featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Corporate Counsel Q&A in 2011.
Actively engaged in the evolving legal landscape of digital entertainment and sports, Steckelman has spoken at a variety of industry gatherings, including those held by the Practicing Law Institute, Los Angeles County Bar Association, New York Law School and AMEC, as well as the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and the Billboard Film and TV Music Conference. He has shared his expertise on such topics as TV Everywhere, Hollywood “advertainment,” the videogame industry, social media, sports programming in the digital age, and television distribution and the FCC.
Steckelman earned his law degree from New York Law School and his bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University.