- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 1, 2004

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hollywood’s most powerful lobbying group said yesterday it had selected as its new chief Dan Glickman, a former Democratic lawmaker from Kansas and agriculture secretary under President Clinton.

Mr. Glickman, 59, has lobbied on behalf of the Walt Disney Co., and his son is a movie producer. He replaces Jack Valenti, an adviser in the Johnson White House who has been the industry’s influential champion in Washington for the past 38 years.

The Motion Picture Association of America’s choice of Mr. Glickman over studio insiders reflects the industry’s preference for a chief executive already known in the nation’s capital. The seven-member board secretly voted to hire Mr. Glickman last week.

Mr. Glickman, who will take over on Sept. 1, said his priorities will be fighting piracy and guaranteeing Hollywood’s ability to market and sell films overseas.

Mr. Valenti said Mr. Glickman’s salary will be “in that alluring range of seven figures.” Mr. Glickman declined to discuss his salary except to say he will earn “more than I make now, a very comfortable wage.”

Mr. Glickman said he supports the recording industry’s lawsuits against Internet users who download and illegally distribute music online. The MPAA-member companies have not yet resorted to such suits.

He said consumers should learn more about copyright laws, but enforcement of such laws through litigation and other methods also is important.

Mr. Glickman and Mr. Valenti dismissed suggestions that Mr. Glickman’s Democratic roots reflected any preference in the upcoming presidential election among Hollywood studios. Mr. Glickman said he was known in Congress as a moderate with many Republican friends.

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