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Henry Hoberman Named General Counsel of A+E Networks

Henry Hoberman, most recently general counsel at the MPAA, is taking a new role as executive vice president and general counsel of A+E Networks.

Hoberman succeeds Douglas Jacobs, who is being appointed to a new role as executive vice president and senior counsel. They will each report to Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks.

Hoberman will oversee all the legal and business affairs teams at A+E Networks, as well as the legal and business affairs work for the newly formed A+E Networks Studios and A+E IndieFilms.

He served as senior executive VP and global general counsel and secretary of the MPAA since 2011, where he oversaw legal, content protection and rights management issues. Before that, he had served as exec VP and general counsel and secretary of RHI Entertainment, and held various positions at ABC and The Walt Disney Co., including senior VP of litigation and employment practices at ABC Inc. He also had been equity partner at the media and communications group at Baker & Hostetler LLP and an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington. He also served as chairman of the board and director at the Media Law Resource Center.

In his new role, Jacobs will oversee content compliance and risk management for A+E Networks, including First Amendment issues, standards and practices, pre-broadcast review and rights management. He joined A+E as general counsel in 2006. He previously served as exec VP and general counsel at Court TV and VP and deputy general counsel at CBS. He also has been a director of the Media Law Resource Center and served as a member of the First Amendment Law Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York.

Steven Fabrizio of Jenner & Block succeeded Hoberman at the MPAA.

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