Madhu Goel Southworth
Member of 2019 class
Madhu Goel Southworth is Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs for AMC Network Entertainment LLC and Sundance TV. In that capacity, she advises and counsels AMC and Sundance TV business departments with respect to unscripted development and production matters, digital productions and webisode series, product integrations, linear and digital advertising, marketing, merchandising and consumer products, licensing and acquisitions, location based entertainment, gaming, intellectual property and other business affairs matters concerning AMC’s top shows, including The Walking Dead/Fear The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Preacher, Into the Badlands, Comic Book Men, and other series. Madhu joined AMC in 2009, just three weeks before AMC greenlit The Walking Dead and had a significant role in the launch of AMC Studios.
Prior to AMC, Madhu worked at A&E Television Networks as Director, Legal and Business Affairs providing counsel and negotiating development, production, and talent agreements in both their unscripted and documentary departments working on television series and documentaries.
Madhu graduated from University of Chicago Law in 2001, spent a year at a federal judicial clerkship in the Southern District of New York, and was an associate at Sidley & Austin in New York. Following her time at Sidley, Madhu joined Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C., an entertainment law firm, where Madhu worked on cases involving the Mutant-X/X-Men properties, a variety of productions including Juno, The Namesake, and Synecdoche, and represented talent in their deals with HBO, Viacom, and other studios.
Madhu has volunteered her time for a myriad of committees and causes. Currently, Madhu sits on the steering committee of the Women’s Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel; serves on the Board of Trustees to The Town Hall; and also on the Board of ReelWorks, an organization dedicated to educating disadvantaged youth through filmmaking. Madhu has also been chosen to sit on the Executive Board to the newly formed Diversity & Inclusion Committee at AMC Networks. In 2016, along with colleagues at HBO and Amazon, Madhu founded Lattice, a networking organization for senior in-house women counsel in media, entertainment, and digital. Madhu is also a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Madhu just completed her year-long Fellowship in the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, the premiere leadership program for women executives in television. In 2015, Madhu was recognized by the North American South Asian Bar Association as “Corporate Counsel of the Year”. In 2014, Madhu was recognized by the National Association of Minorities in Cable (NAMIC) as a “Luminary” and in 2013, Madhu was nominated by the General Counsel to represent her department in a company-wide leadership and executive training program, “Leading with Impact”. Madhu was also recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable” by Cablefax Magazine in 2017. In addition to advising and mentoring rising lawyers, Madhu founded the AMC Legal Internship program in 2009 and continues to steer it every summer. Madhu is a frequent national speaker and moderator on issues related to entertainment law, mentorship, diversity, and issues that impact working women and mothers.