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ESA Announces New General Counsel

Former Viacom Executive Will Provide Wealth of Entertainment Industry Experience

May 18, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Stanley Pierre-Louis, a former executive with Viacom Inc., was announced as the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) new General Counsel, the Washington, D.C.-based trade association announced today. ESA represents the $22 billion U.S. computer and video game industry. Pierre-Louis will begin at ESA this month.

“Stan’s experience directing landmark litigation as well as providing impactful strategic counsel on cutting-edge entertainment issues will be a well-timed boost to our industry,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA. “He is a welcome addition to the ESA leadership team.”

Pierre-Louis most recently served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property (IP) and Content Protection at Viacom Inc., where he was responsible for managing major IP litigation, developing strategies for protecting digital content and leading other IP-related legal initiatives for brands including MTV, Paramount Pictures, Spike TV and more than 130 other networks worldwide. He previously served as co-chair of the Entertainment and Media Law Group at Kaye Scholer LLP in New York City as well as Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington, D.C.

“I have worked closely with Stan for many years.  He is an outstanding attorney and a collaborative and thoughtful leader,” said DeDe Lea, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for Viacom, Inc.  “We will miss him at Viacom, but look forward to working with Stan as he helps drive the ESA and its membership to greater success.”

“Stan has a tremendous ability to both anticipate emerging legal issues and build teams that can effectively address them,” said Richard Bates, Senior Vice President for Government Relations for The Walt Disney Company. “He will be a valuable resource among ESA’s skilled and accomplished team.”

Pierre-Louis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Clark University. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he also served on The University of Chicago Law Review’s Board of Editors, and clerked for Judge David A. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Pierre-Louis previously served on the university’s Alumni Board of Governors and on the law school’s visiting committee.  He currently serves on the board of Lincoln Center Education, the educational arm of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.

ESA offers a wide range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global content protection program, owning and operating E3 and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, visit ESA’s website or follow us on Twitter at @RichatESA or @ESAGovAffairs.


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