MTV names UK-based legal chief

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has promoted Roger James to the role of senior vice president, general counsel for MTV Networks International and MTVN UK & Ireland.

James, who was previously vice president of business and legal affairs for MTV Networks UK, Ireland and international, will expand his role  to include all of MTVNI’s business and legal affairs.

James replaces Sofia Ioannou, who was recently named managing director of MTVN Latin America.

As general counsel for MTVNI, James will oversee the media group’s business and legal affairs teams based in London, New York and Miami. He will also share management responsibilities of the regional legal teams with their respective managing directors in Europe, Asia and Latin America as well as working closely with the business and legal affairs divisions at Viacom and MTV Networks US.

James will oversee all business and legal affairs and will also support the general management of MTVN UK’s interests in the Nickelodeon UK and Comedy Central UK joint ventures.

James joined MTV Networks Europe as legal counsel in 1997. Before joining the company he was a solicitor at Richards Butler, which is now Reed Smith.