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Aaron Herps appointed GM for AVIA's Coalition Against Piracy

Neil Gane has left Asian Video Industry Association to join ACE.

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KOLKATA: The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) has appointed Aaron Herps as the general manager of its Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), following the departure of Neil Gane who moved on to take up a position with the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

Herps joined AVIA in 2019 as the operations manager for CAP, working alongside Gane on all CAP initiatives from government outreach to criminal investigations and associated enforcement actions against syndicates and streaming website operators in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

In his role as general manager of CAP, Herps will build on the strong legacy that he and Gane have built, maintaining the coalitions and alliances across the industry which have made CAP so effective and continuing to provide expert technical and forensic analysis of the shifting state of the piracy ecosystem to members and government officials, said the association on Monday.

"Aaron has been instrumental to the success of CAP over the last two years so it gives me great pleasure to see him now taking over the role of General Manager. The fight against piracy never remains static but Aaron has the creativity and skills to lead our industry’s efforts as both the threat and our response to it evolve. I am looking forward to the next chapter of CAP,” said AVIA CEO Louis Boswell.

Herps has over 15 years of content protection experience in the sports and entertainment industries across the Asia Pacific. Prior to joining AVIA, he was manager of Digital Content Protection for the Asia Pacific at beIN Media Group and was the senior manager of Global Content Protection at the Motion Picture Association of America for more than a decade.

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