Erika Munro Kennerly is a Business Affairs executive at truTV, a Turner Broadcasting System cable television network, where she currently holds the title of Vice President, Business Affairs. Mrs. Kennerly’s primary duties at truTV are to advise, counsel, and consult on a variety of television development and business affairs matters; as well as cultivate and maintain extensive relationships within talent agencies and entertainment companies/firms.
Prior to joining truTV, Mrs. Kennerly acquired extensive legal and business affairs experience in the entertainment field at a variety of law firms and entertainment companies. After beginning her legal career as a civil litigation associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP and then as an entertainment/IP litigation associate at Pryor Cashman Sherman and Flynn, LLP, Mrs. Kennerly was hired by music mogul Russell Simmons to be the Director of Business Affairs for his internet start-up- RS1W, Inc. d/b/a www.360HipHop.com. At 360HipHop, Mrs. Kennerly handled all of the company’s entertainment-related business and legal affairs matters. Mrs. Kennerly was later appointed as BET.com’s Assistant General Counsel where her business and legal affairs duties extended to both 360HipHop.com (which was acquired by BET) and BET.com. Mrs. Kennerly’s new media expertise later led to her being hired by Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), where she served as a legal consultant for Arista Records. At Arista, Mrs. Kennerly headed a team of attorneys and support staff who counseled, advised, and supported Arista’s legal department in the area of online music distribution. Thereafter, Mrs. Kennerly was appointed to the role of Senior Counsel, VH1 Business and Legal Affairs where she served as a television development and production attorney for VH1, a MTV Networks programming service.
Mrs. Kennerly is the author of the publication “Under Age, Under Contract, and Under-Protected: An Overview of the Administration & Regulation of Contracts With Minors in the Entertainment Industry in New York and California”. Columbia-VLA Journal of Law and the Arts, Vol. 20, No-3, Spring 1996.
Mrs. Kennerly was appointed as a Presidential Scholar at Hampton University, graduating with Highest Honors and earning her Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts/Communications. She received her JD from Columbia Law School where she was named a Susan Price Carr Scholar.
She is Turner Broadcasting System's 2012 "Working Mother of the Year”, as awarded by Working Mother Magazine, and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., BWEL, and is a board member of Legal Outreach, Inc. and Project SET.