MPA places former senior FBI official in charge of ACE anti-piracy efforts

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Larissa Knapp joined the Motion Picture Association as Executive Vice President and Chief Content Protection Officer, and will drive the continued expansion of the Association’s content protection operations – specifically the MPA’s Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading online antipiracy organization.

She joins the MPA after 27 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), most recently leading the Bureau’s National Security Branch where she managed a budget of $300 million and a branch of over 2,000 personnel. Previously, she led the FBI’s Security, Training and Human Resources Divisions and Data Analytics, supporting over 36,000 FBI employees worldwide. Knapp started her FBI career as an agent handling intellectual property and cybercrimes.

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Before joining the MPA, Ms Knapp had become the fourth-highest ranking official at the FBI, will lead its content protection mission, strengthening the fight against online piracy worldwide.

Based in Washington, Knapp will report to Karyn Temple, Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel for the MPA.  Ms. Knapp holds a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Union College in New York and a Juris Doctor from Hamline University in Minnesota.

Further reading

MPA Chairman and CEO Rivkin announces hire of fourth highest ranking FBI official as new Global Chief of Content Protection.  Press release. June 24, 2024. Motion Picture Association.

Why it matters

Ms. Knapp will lead ACE’s efforts to tackle the most damaging piracy services and operators around the world. Her leadership will focus on deepening and broadening ACE’s partnerships with law enforcement agencies around the world, expanding its membership base, and growing ACE’s operational footprint in key markets to support the protection of creators and consumers.

“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.”

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