Emily Avant is Senior Counsel at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and CNN. In this role, she provides legal and strategic advice with respect to the company’s technology initiatives, including CNN’s drone operations and its participation in the FAA Pathfinder Program. Emily also provides legal counsel in connection with Turner’s “big data” efforts, its direct-to-consumer platforms, and its advertising technology transactions. She led CNN’s efforts to obtain the first-of-its-kind authorization from the FAA to operate drones over people. She serves as an Advisor to the non-profit organization Women of Commercial Drones and is part of the core team that was awarded “Best Technology Group” by the Fulton County Daily Report in 2015.
Emily graduated, cum laude, from both the University of Georgia (B.S., Political Science) and the University of Georgia School of Law. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Sewell, and two children. Emily is an avid kayaker and is a voracious consumer of news and politics.