Ms. Karen Wishart has been the Chief Administrative Officer, Executive VP & Assistant Secretary of Urban One Inc. Ms. Wishart served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of TV One, LLC (also known as TV One) from 2005 to 2013. She joined TV One in January 2005 and oversees the business and legal affairs department, as well as the human resources department. Her responsibilities include the negotiation of agreements for all of TV One, LLC business units, as well as corporate governance, risk assessment and strategic planning.
Ms. Wishart joined TV One from Scripps Networks, where she served as Vice President of Business Affairs and also served as a lead negotiator of business agreements for all of its domestic and international television and production units, including Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY-Do It Yourself Network, Fine Living, Shop At Home Network and Scripps Productions. Ms. Wishart served as Secretary to the Board of Managers at TV One, LLC.
Prior to rejoining Urban One in late 2017, Ms. Wishart served as the Chief Executive Officer of Curzon Staffing & Executive Search. She served as the General Manager for the cable network start-up Revolt TV. She served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of TV One. Ms. Wishart has 14 years of international legal and business affairs experience in television at Scripps Networks (HGTV, Food Network, DYI, Fine Living) and YTV Canada, Inc. She joined Scripps as a Director in 1997, she served for first five years of her career as an Associate Lawyer in the entertainment and administrative law division of Cassels Brock & Blackwell in Toronto, Canada. In 1994, she joined YTV, Canada, Inc. & GRC Productions and served as a Director in the business and regulatory affairs department.
Ms. Wishart graduated cum laude from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, with a BA degree in Honors Psychology. She earned a JD from the University of Windsor and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta.