Tom Martin

Head of Business Affairs and General Counsel, The CW Network, NEXSTAR MEDIA INC.


Tom Martin joined The CW Network as Head of Business Affairs and General Counsel in February 2023. Mr. Martin is a veteran business affairs executive with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. His diverse experience includes structuring and negotiating business models and deals for scripted, unscripted, and documentary programming for broadcast television, cable television and streaming platforms.

Mr. Martin most recently served as the Head of Business Affairs at MasterClass and was responsible for the team that negotiated deals with instructors such as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Bob Iger, Aaron Sorkin, Steph Curry, and Serena Williams. Previously, Mr. Martin was the BA Lead for Quibi, where he worked to create the business model and deal structure for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short form streaming platform.

Prior to Quibi, Mr. Martin served as the SVP, Business Affairs at Fox Broadcasting Company, where he was the lead negotiator for all of Fox’s unscripted programming, negotiating deals for “The Masked Singer” and “I Can See Your Voice.” Prior to Fox, he spent over 15 years at Comcast/NBCU, leading the business affairs teams for several NBCU cable entertainment networks (E!, USA, Syfy and Esquire) as well as its scripted and unscripted cable studios (UCP and Wilshire Studios). At E!, Mr. Martin negotiated some of the network’s biggest talent deals, including the Kardashian family talent deals for “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Ryan Seacrest’s host deal for “E! News,” Joel McHale’s deal for “The Soup,” Joan Rivers’ deal for “Fashion Police,” and Chelsea Handler’s deal for “Chelsea Lately.”

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