Disney boosts IP protection with London hire

The Walt Disney Company has joined the long list of companies paying ever-increasing attention to IP protection, hiring its first anti-piracy chief for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea).

Disney recruited Nick Hanbidge from Hit Entertainment for the London-based role. He will report to corporate legal and anti-piracy head Mary Fossier in California.

Hanbidge has responsibility for copyright and trademark enforcement for more than 20 Emea jurisdictions.