Kaplan upped at Warners anti-piracy unit

Several appointments and promotions as unit realigns

David Kaplan has been named senior vp and intellectual property counsel, worldwide anti-piracy operations, for Warner Bros. Entertainment as part of a reorganization of the studio's anti-piracy unit.

Kaplan, formerly vp intellectual property counsel and an original member of the anti-piracy department when it was created in 2004, will be responsible for the coordination and facilitation of the studio's anti-piracy strategy and execution on a global basis.

"Our business development strategies benefit from understanding the trends in the piracy market," said Darcy Antonellis, president of Warner Bros. Technical Operations. "Therefore, the team's structure has been adjusted to reflect its changing focus -- not just on revenue protection but revenue growth."

As part of the realignment, Lucia Rangel has added responsibilities for the Asia-Pacific region to her oversight of Latin America. Her title is now vp anti-piracy operations, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

Sean Mok, previously director of China anti-piracy enforcement, is now director of anti-piracy operations, Greater China and Southeast Asia. He is based in the region and will report to Rangel.

Ethan Applen joins the studio as director of technology and business strategy. He arrives from Imeem, where he was director of business development.

Ben Karakunnel has been hired as director of business intelligence. He was associate director of research at Fox Home Entertainment and director of research for the MPAA.