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Erik Huey Joins ESA as Head of Government Relations

Entertainment and Communications Lawyer Brings Extensive Public Policy Experience

July 21, 2009 – WASHINGTON, DC – Erik Huey, a former partner at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP who specializes in government relations for the entertainment, communications, and media sectors, joined the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) as its new Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, the ESA announced today. For nearly two decades, Huey has contributed to policy debates involving issues such as protecting domestic film production, combating digital theft of copyrighted content, and preserving artists’ First Amendment rights.

“Erik’s demonstrated advocacy abilities on behalf of numerous entertainment and telecommunications clients will serve him well as he navigates the specific challenges and opportunities that the ESA and our member companies face,” said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “As game technologies and gamer demographics continue to evolve, the entertainment software industry will rely on Erik and his team to help foster a beneficial environment for our industry’s innovation and creativity.”

Beginning next month, Huey will assume leadership for the ESA’s federal and state government relations department, which advocates on behalf of the entertainment software industry to elected officials and regulatory agencies.

“In my lifetime I have had the opportunity to get to know and work with a number of individuals. No one I can recall has possessed more energy, common sense and a drive to accomplish goals than Erik Huey. It continues to be a privilege to know Erik as a friend and colleague, and ESA is fortunate to have him on their team,” said former United States Senator Birch Bayh (D-IN).

Prior to his arrival at Kilpatrick Stockton, Huey practiced with Venable LLP for a variety of entertainment, communications, and technology clients. He also worked in the Legislative and Regulatory Matters Department of BellSouth Corporation’s general counsel office in Atlanta, where he developed and coordinated telecommunications policies for the corporation’s telephone, wireless, cable, Internet, and international affiliates.

Huey helped coordinate voter protection and mobilization efforts in Western Pennsylvania for the Obama Campaign for Change during the 2008 primary and general elections. Huey had a similar role during the 2006 mid-term elections, and served as the Kerry/Edwards Campaign’s “Get Out the Vote” Director for Western Pennsylvania in 2004. Huey also served as an advance coordinator for the 1992 Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign and as a summer associate under then-State Attorney Janet Reno in the Florida State Attorney’s Office’s legal division.

Born outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, Huey graduated cum laude with a B.B.A. from the University of Miami and with a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. In 2007, The Hollywood Reporter named him one of the “100 Most Influential Media & Entertainment Lawyers” in its annual “Power Lawyer” issue.

The Entertainment Software Association is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. The ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, owning the E3 Expo, business and consumer research, federal and state government relations, First Amendment and intellectual property protection efforts. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com.

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