Head of Business & Legal Affairs
Chi Kephart is Head of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Tinopolis USA. She leads all facets of business affairs and production legal for Tinopolis USA, and is responsible for all negotiations, including rights acquisitions, format options, co-productions, talent holds, shopping deals and other key attachment agreements and all license deals with networks and other media platforms. She also oversees all general corporate matters for the company including litigation, company policies and employment matters.
Chi established the business and legal affairs department at Magical Elves in 2008 which expanded to include A. Smith & Co. Productions and A. Smith & Co. Dox after Tinopolis acquired Magical Elves in 2014. Tinopolis USA entities are the producers behind critically acclaimed hits like Bravo’s Top Chef and Project Runway, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Netflix’s Floor is Lava, Nailed It and Sugar Rush, Oxygen’s Cold Justice, and TLC’s Welcome to Plathville and many more.
Prior to joining Magical Elves, Chi served as a business and legal affairs executive at various entertainment companies including ABC Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, FremantleMedia and Paramount Studios. Chi is a member of the New York Bar and the California Bar, and earned her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA.