Former Democratic Senator Chris Dodd Out at MPAA
Chris Dodd is stepping down as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. He will be replaced by Charles Rivkin, former assistant secretary of State for economic and business affairs under former President Barack Hussein Obama.
Though less well known than Mr. Dodd, Mr. Rivkin boasts film business and Beltway ties. He was President of the Jim Henson Company and Ambassador to France, and is considered to be well connected in Washington DC
Mr. Dodd, a former US Senator from Connecticut, has led the movie business’ lobbying arm since Y 2011. His tenure was controversial, and he was partly blamed for his handling of SOPA and PIPA, 2 anti-piracy bills that wilted in the face of public resistance.
He was also criticized for remaining silent when Sony Pictures (NYSE:SNE) was hacked and damaging e-Mails were leaked online in Y 2014.
The MPAA was caught unawares after news of Mr. Rivkin’s appointment and Mr. Dodd’s retirement was reported in the LA Times.