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Statement From The Entertaiment Software Association On The Passing Of Jack Valenti


Washington, DC – The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers, issued the following today in response to the passing of a dear colleague and friend:

“I worked with Jack for many years at the MPAA and know he led an amazing life. He was a force of nature. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues,” said Gail Markels, senior vice president and general counsel of the ESA.

“He fiercely defended creative freedoms, was a tireless advocate for the entertainment world, and forged new ground in the development of self-regulatory ratings. We were lucky to have known, worked so closely with, and learned from such a witness to history,” she concluded.

Frederic Hirsch, senior vice president for Intellectual Property Enforcement at the ESA, said: “Jack aggressively protected the works and intellectual property rights of not only the motion picture industry, but he contributed to improving the environment for all those involved in content production.”

Hirsch continued, “I’m proud to have worked for him. He was a great friend and will be sorely missed.”

The ESA is the association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. ESA members collectively account for more than 90 percent of the $7 billion in entertainment software sales in the in 2006, and billions more in export sales of entertainment software. For more information about the ESA, please visit


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