The job of MPAA chief has long been considered one of the toughest gigs in the entertainment business, even during the days of the late Jack Valenti, who ran the organization for four decades until he retired in 2004. The biggest challenge: to wrangle consensus among six major studios — Disney, Universal, Warner Bros., Fox, Sony and Paramount — whose interests often conflict. Charles Rivkin takes over the helm of the trade group this week.
Chris Dodd is stepping down as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. He will be replaced by Charles Rivkin, the former assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs under President Barack Obama. Though not as well known as Dodd, Rivkin boasts film business and Beltway ties. He was president of The Jim Henson Co. and ambassador to France and Monaco, and is considered to be well connected in Washington. He will join the organization on Sept. 5.