- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Chris Dodd has made his Hollywood debut as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, saying he hopes to get the industry talking itself up more to audiences.

The former U.S. senator and 2008 presidential candidate delivered his first public address as MPAA boss Tuesday at CinemaCon, a Las Vegas convention for theater owners. Dodd emphasized the group’s long-standing efforts to fight illegal film copying and to open markets such as China to more Hollywood films.

But he says getting the word out on Hollywood innovations and threats facing the film industry are critical goals, too.

Dodd started the job this month after leaving the Senate, where he represented Connecticut for 30 years.