11:52am PT by Austin Siegemund-Broka
Clarissa Weirick Joins Universal in New Film General Counsel Role
Clarissa Weirick will join Universal as general counsel for the Filmed Entertainment Group, the studio announced Wednesday.
She comes to Universal following 18 years in legal affairs at Warner Bros., where she served most recently as executive vp and general counsel of the home entertainment group. She will report to Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell and NBCUniversal general counsel Kimberley Harris and will start in her new role on July 13.
Her role is a new position in the Filmed Entertainment Group, created following the retirement of Maren Christensen, longtime Universal Studios general counsel and one of the industry's leading forces for copyright reform and piracy prevention.
Said Shell in a statement: "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. 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."
She joins Universal in the middle of the studio’s best box-office year ever, boosted by Jurassic World, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2 and with Minions opening this weekend. In addition to handling the film group, she will manage legal matters for Fandango, the movie ticket website owned by NBCUniversal.
Her career at Warner Bros. began in 1997 as corporate counsel, following which she served in roles including senior vp business and legal affairs, corporate business development and strategy, and senior vp and general counsel of the digital distribution group before she was made general counsel of the home entertainment group in 2011.
The UCLA School of Law and Stanford graduate previously worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Armstrong & Hirsch and Fidelity Federal bank.