Clarissa Weirick has been named General Counsel of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, moving over from Warner Bros. after 18 years in various legal roles in the competing studio. She was most recently working in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. At Universal, she will manage all legal issues impacting the Filmed Entertainment Group and jointly oversee the various legal departments and work closely with the NBCUniversal corporate legal resources on corporate transactional, litigation and other legal matters. She will report to both Jeff Shell, Chairman of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and to Kimberley Harris, NBCUniversal Executive Vice President and General Counsel.
Weirick will begin her new job next Monday, July 13, 2015. In addition, Weirick will also be charged with oversight of Fandango’s legal matters as part of the Filmed Entertainment Group.
“As our business continues to grow and evolve, Clarissa will be an important partner in navigating the many complex legal issues facing our company every day,” said Shell in making the announcement. “Clarissa’s experience, leadership and respect among her peers in the industry are unprecedented and will further position the studio for continued success in the years ahead.”
At Warner Bros., Weirick most recently served as Executive VP and General Counsel of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group where she was responsible for all licensing, sales, production, acquisitions, marketing and daily operational legal matters relating to the physical and digital distribution of the studio’s film and television products and the development and publishing of interactive video games, all on a worldwide basis.
Prior to that and between 2006 and 2011, she was senior VP and general counsel of the digital distribution group. And before that, she was senior VP, Business and legal affairs, corporate business development and strategy for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. for four years. She began her career at Warner Bros. in 1997 as corporate counsel before becoming VP, business and legal affairs New Media in March 2000.
Before working at Warner Bros., Weirick worked for Fidelity Federal Bank handling real estate and corporate matters and was also an associate with Armstrong & Hirsch and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.