Steven Hitchcock’s current practice primarily involves the negotiation, drafting and maintenance of affiliation and distribution agreements on behalf of several of NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation’s affiliated companies. These agreements are largely with cable and DTH companies in the United States, as well as cable, DTH and IPTV companies around the world. Mr. Hitchcock also represents NHK and NHK’s affiliated companies with regard to regulatory matters within the jurisdiction of the United States Federal Communications Commission.
Steven Hitchcock has over 15 years of experience in the communications industry. He began his career practicing antitrust law with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue and Collier Shannon, Rill & Scott in Washington, DC, serving as counsel to merging companies with respect to Hart-Scott-Rodino compliance filings and corresponding negotiations with the United States Department of Justice and the United States Federal Trade Commission. He then started practicing communications law at the Technology Law Group in Washington, DC, representing wireline resellers in litigation and arbitration disputes against AT&T and MCI. His practice focused on all aspects of litigation and arbitration, as well as advocating regulatory and compliance issues before the FCC and state commissions. He then joined Bell Boyd & Lloyd in Washington, DC as an associate, where he addressed a wide range of regulatory and transactions issues in the wireline, wireless, satellite, broadcast and cable sectors for numerous organizations, including NHK and NHK's affiliated companies in connection with their distribution of NHK programming. He was elected to partner at Bell Boyd & Lloyd.