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MPAA Announces Legal Staff Reorganization

The MPAA has announced several promotions and a reorgnization to its legal staff. Henry Hoberman, general counsel and senior executive vice president of the trade association, announced the moves on Wednesday.

Linda Kinney has been appointed as the senior vice president and associate general counsel in the MPAA's Washington office. The position is a new one. Previously, Kinney was vp of law and regulation for DISH Network and also spent more than a decade at the FCC, where she served as deputy general counsel.

Dan Robbins has been promoted to senior vice president and associate general counsel in the MPAA's Los Angeles Office. Robbins joined the MPAA in 1996. Prior to that, he worked at the law firms of Graham & James and Pepper Hamilton, and specialized on antitrust and intellectual property matters.

Karen Thorland has been promoted to senior vice president and global content protection counsel and will oversee worldwide content protection litigation. Thorland joined the MPAA in 2010, after being a partner at Loeb & Loeb, where she represented film studios, producers, music companies, interactive companies, Internet marketers and advertisers in areas including intellectual property, copyright and First Amendment issues. She'll be reporting to Robbins.

Kelly McMahon, who has been working at the MPAA since 2007, has been promoted to vice president and corporate counsel, also reporting to Robbins. Before joining the MPAA, she was an associate at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro.

Ben Sheffner has been promoted to vice president, legal affairs and will relocate from Los Angeles to Washington. Sheffner has worked in-house at NBCUniversal and Twentieth Century Fox, and has also worked at O'Melveny & Myers.  Prior to joining the MPAA, Sheffner was also a noted copyright blogger and was was special counsel to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Sheffner will report to Kinney.

“The MPAA’s legal team is already an impressive and experienced group,” said Hoberman.  “With these promotions, we’ve strengthened our legal capabilities in key areas. As a result, the MPAA is well-positioned to address cutting edge legal issues as our industry continues to innovate and distribute content across multiple platforms and devices in the digital age.”