MPAA's Chris Dodd to Address Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Conference

2:02 PM PST 09/27/2011 by Carolyn Giardina
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The former Senator will discuss the impact of digital content theft at the late Oct. event.

Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, will address the impact of digital content theft at the upcoming Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Annual Technical Conference & Exposition.

"The movie and the TV industries aren’t just about big studios and stars. More than 2.2 million hard-working, middle-class people in all 50 states depend on the entertainment industry for their jobs. They work behind the scenes in production, and in small businesses like equipment rental, transportation, construction and food service," Dodd said.

He added, "Millions more people work in theaters, video stores, retail, restaurants and other businesses that depend on entertainment. For all of these workers and their families, content theft means declining incomes, lost jobs and reduced health and retirement benefits."

The SMPTE conference will be be held October 25 - 27 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel & Spa. A pre-conference symposium will be produced by SMPTE and the American Society of Cinematographers.

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