New MPAA Chief Aims To Be Diplomat

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.

Cable Providers, Hollywood Blast STB Plan

The FCC lacks authority for its new plan to enable consumers to stop renting set-top boxes, cable providers and other opponents say. Opponents to the plan, including Comcast, AT&T and the Motion Picture Association of America, are now arguing that the licensing scheme proposed by the commission is illegal.

MPAA’s Dodd To Chair Free Speech Week Council

The Media Institute and the Motion Picture Association of America, announced today that MPAA Chairman-CEO Chris Dodd will be the chair of the 2013 Advisory Council for Free Speech Week (FSW), a nationwide celebration of free speech. Free Speech Week is an annual event celebrated during the third week of October. It has traditionally featured panel discussions, events […]

Interim MPAA Head Bob Pisano Exiting Sept. 30

MPAA Names Chris Dodd New Chairman

The moguls have finally chosen the new chief of the Motion Picture Association of America. It is former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, named Chairman and CEO on today. Dodd, 66, will replace interim head Bob Pisano.

Chris Dodd Front-Runner For MPAA Chief

Hollywood’s seemingly endless search for an industry lobbyist appears to be zeroing in on former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.). Dodd, a former U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful who recently retired from the Senate, has long been a candidate to head the Motion Picture Association of America, replacing former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, who resigned as chief executive a year ago.

Tom Davis Next Up For MPAA Chairman

Republican Tom Davis is currently the front-runner candidate to become chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America. Thomas Milburn Davis III, 61, is a former representative to the House of Representatives for northern Virginia. He is a moderate who resigned from Congress in 2008.