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Dan Glickman To Succeed Valenti As Head Of MPAA

Jack Valenti Resigns After 38-Year Tenure (July 01, 2004)

The Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced that Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture and former Congressman from Kansas, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the MPAA. Glickman replaces Jack Valenti, who formally resigned today after 38 years on the job.

Glickman will begin his tenure on September 1, 2004. Valenti has agreed to continue in the CEO post until that date.

The selection of Glickman climaxed a-four-and-a-half month search by Spencer/Stuart, executive search firm, who scoured the country seeking a replacement for Valenti. ?I am honored and inspired by the prospect of joining the MPAA, said Glickman. ?I have long had a deep affection for the movie industry. My son, Jonathan, has his own successful career in Hollywood, which has allowed me to learn a good deal about this fascinating world. What enthuses me is the work of sustaining and enlarging MPAAs role in international cinema. As Americas most wanted export, the American movie is also a great source of economic growth. I am eager to begin working closely with my new colleagues at MPAA, here and abroad, with the Congress, the federal government, state legislatures, with officials of nations on all the continents, as well as the global creative community.

Glickman served 18 years as a member of Congress from the Fourth Congressional District of Kansas. During much of his time in Congress, Glickman was a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he also sat on the Copyright and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. Glickman was also deeply immersed in critical international issues as a result of his role as Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

In 1995, Glickman served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. During his six years in that post, he oversaw an annual operating budget of over $60 billion and more than 100,000 employees. As Secretary, Glickman was deeply involved in negotiating international trade agreements, earning a reputation as a strong and successful advocate for the U.S. Government and this nations agricultural sector. During his tenure there, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was widely viewed as one of the most non-partisan agencies of the government, operating in bipartisan fashion to best represent the agricultural community of this country.

After departing the government, Glickman became Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. There, he directs a program designed to encourage students at Harvard and around the nation to engage in the American political process, in a non-partisan manner. He also serves as a teacher at the Kennedy School of Government. Glickman was born in Wichita, Kansas. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. with Honors from the George Washington University Law School. He and his wife Rhoda, former Staff Director of the Congressional Arts Caucus, have two children.

Valenti praised Glickman as a long time friend, and ?a demonstrated wise and decisive leader who in his roles as Secretary of Agriculture and as a member of Congress was able in his public career to construct a respectful rapport with both sides of the aisle. He will be a powerful, successful steward of the MPAA.

Valenti will continue to supervise (with the President of the National Association of Theatre Owners) the voluntary film rating system, which he devised in 1968.

About the MPAA:
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, NBC Universal Studios, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


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