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Motion Picture Association Hires FBI Official to Lead AntiPiracy

Motion Picture Association Hires FBI Official to Lead AntiPiracy

The Motion Picture Association has hired former FBI official Larissa Knapp to lead its content protection services. 

Knapp, who was the fourth highest ranking FBI official, will serve as executive vice president and chief content protection officer to lead expansion of the MPA‘s Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, an anti-piracy organization, and take on piracy services and individuals around the world. She will seek to deepen ACE’s partnerships with law enforcement agencies around the world with the goal of protecting creators and consumers. 

Knapp has spent 27 years with the FBI and most recently led the Bureau’s National Security Branch where she managed a budget of $300 million and a branch of over 2,000 personnel. She previously led the FBI’s Security, Training and Human Resources Divisions and Data Analytics, overseeing  36,000 FBI employees worldwide. She began her career as an agent handling intellectual property and cybercrimes.

“Larissa’s extraordinary background leading investigations teams across the world and successfully pursuing criminal cases will undoubtedly take ACE’s content protection efforts to a new peak of excellence,” said Charles Rivkin, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association. “With Larissa’s experience in high-risk, complex organizational environments coupled with her visionary leadership, I’m confident that our content protection enforcement business will only grow in stature and impact, as we safeguard the rights and productions of all those who conceive, develop, and deliver creative masterpieces for screens big and small.”

Knapp will report to Karyn Temple, senior executive vice president and global general counsel for the MPA. She will be based in Washington.

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“I am honored to be part of such an iconic global organization that prioritizes the integrity of the creative economy, driven by ACE members’ groundbreaking films, TV series, and streaming content. These works represent some of the most influential and accessible forms of artistic expression, connecting creators with audiences on a profound level,” Knapp said. “My career in law enforcement has afforded me the opportunity to lead strategic initiatives protecting legal rights and addressing crime on a large scale, and I look forward to leveraging that experience in the fight against copyright infringement on behalf of our members and content creators around the world.”

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