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Steve Altman

senior vice president, business affairs, CPB

Steven J. Altman oversees all of CPB's transactions, including one-of-a-kind negotiations, while working to bring a broader view of business concerns and risks company-wide. Altman has been with CPB since 1996, when he joined the company as associate general counsel for contracts. Promoted to assistant general counsel in 1999, Altman has been responsible for most of CPB's one-of-a-kind agreements, including negotiation of both broadcast and Internet music rights licenses for public broadcasting; joint CPB/PBS projects; satellite interconnection agreements; and major funding agreements such as the National Program Service. Altman has also been CPB's primary advisor on intellectual property and entertainment law issues. Before joining CPB, Altman was vice president and associate general counsel, Riggs/D.C. (1988-95) and vice president and general counsel for Riggs/MD and Riggs/VA (1990-95). He structured, drafted and negotiated contracts, and advised on advertising and intellectual property matters. Altman began his career in private practice, first with Steptoe & Johnson and then with Mayer, Brown & Platt. Altman graduated from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1983. He was a member of the Law Review and received the Order of Coif. He is a 1979 graduate of Emory University in Atlanta.