Jeffrey Young’s practice focuses on global media communications for the independent public broadcaster of Japan, NHK. He exclusively represents NHK and NHK-affiliated companies in their international operations. He advises on the design and implementation of NHK’s worldwide video distribution network, including negotiating and drafting contracts for satellite capacity, ground services, fiber, and IP-based transport. He oversees the licensing of NHK World TV (24/7 English) and NHK World Premium (24/7 Japanese) to DTH, Cable, IPTV, and hybrid distribution platforms in over 130 countries around the world, with primary responsibility for Europe, Asia, Oceania, Middle East, and North Africa. He advises on intellectual property issues for the distribution of NHK programming to a global audience, provides strategic counseling on the transition to new technologies for video distribution, and advises on business, technical, and legal issues for increasing access to NHK programming via the latest closed captioning and subtitling technologies. On the contribution side, Mr. Young represents NHK on the procurement and maintenance of contribution video circuits to support international newsgathering operations. He also supports NHK in its role as Chair/Vice-chair of the World Broadcasting Unions International Media Connectivity Group (WBU-IMCG), a biannual gathering of the world’s leading broadcasters, network operators, media services providers, and video equipment vendors, to promote technical coordination and innovation in global media communications. In this capacity, he moderated a 2016 panel on current subtitling technologies in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Mr. Young’s previous experience includes providing representation on a broad range of commercial and regulatory matters, with an emphasis on serving clients in the Pacific Rim. He began his legal career as a clerk for the Honorable John C. Coughenour at the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle. In private practice, Mr. Young has represented public and private clients in a variety of federal court disputes, arbitrations, and government investigations, involving antitrust, fraud, contract, and other civil claims. He has also advised clients on regulatory compliance issues and performed filings for premerger clearance and national security review by U.S. federal government agencies. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.