WASHINGTON, D.C.—David Sutphen, former senior vice president of government relations at Viacom—parent company of MTV Networks, BET Networks and Paramount Pictures—and former senior staff member in Congress, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Brunswick Group as partner. In addition, Lane Hudson, new media specialist and former political advisor, has joined the firm as director of integrated media.
Before joining Viacom, Sutphen was the senior vice president of government and industry relations for the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade association representing the major record labels, where he was responsible for advocating on behalf of the music industry before Congress and various regulatory agencies. He joined the RIAA after a six year stint on Capitol Hill, including nearly four years as general counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and two years as chief of staff to former Congressman Harold Ford. He worked as an associate in the communications practice group at Covington & Burling in Washington and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit before working in politics.
Before joining Brunswick, Lane ran his own company offering strategic communications strategy to corporate and non-profit clients. He has also worked for former U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) and as an advisor to former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges (D). As a blogger, he is a contributor to Advocate.com, Huffington Post, and other major online sites.