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WASHINGTON, DC, April 28, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Kurt Wimmer, most recently Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Gannett Co., Inc., the international news and information company, has rejoined the firm to take a leading role in Covington’s continuing expansion in the digital media sphere. He will be a partner in the firm’s Washington office.
Mr. Wimmer has deep expertise in the creation, development, protection, and delivery of digital content, as well as in the intellectual property strategy and privacy issues faced by new media and technology companies. At Gannett, he was the senior legal advisor and a member of the senior management team for a company that publishes USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-circulation newspaper, 85 daily newspapers in the US, and 17 in the UK, and operates 23 television stations and hundreds of websites, national mobile services, digital advertising solutions, and social networking platforms.
In welcoming Mr. Wimmer, Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee, commented: “Kurt understands the legal and business challenges and opportunities generated by digital media. The experiences he has gained at Gannett, one of the world’s major media companies, will be a tremendous asset to our clients in both traditional media and emerging new media.”
Mr. Wimmer previously was a partner at Covington from 1995 to 2006, serving as managing partner of the firm’s London office from 2000 to 2003. He has extensive experience dealing with content liability and First Amendment advice and litigation; video programming and licensing transactions; and public policy representation of companies and associations before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and international government entities.
“Covington’s broad and diverse communications and media practice, which is built on the firm’s core strengths in the corporate, IP, litigation and regulatory fields, makes it ideally suited to provide strategic, commercial and policy leadership to the digital media and IP industries.” said Mr. Wimmer. “Its geographic reach in Silicon Valley, New York, Washington, Europe and Asia is a perfect fit with the needs of the content industries.”
Mr. Wimmer serves on the boards of directors of The Media Institute, the Media Law Resource Center, and the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law. A former journalist, Mr. Wimmer has advised journalists and legislators in more than 18 countries concerning new media laws, protection of journalists, and freedom of information. He was named by the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to the Advisory Group on Defamation and Freedom of Information Legislation for Bosnia and Herzegovina.