MPAA Names Emily Lenzner as Communications Chief

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Emily Lenzner

She replaces Matt Bennett, who stepped down from his position as executive vp communications at the Motion Picture Association of America in May.

Emily Lenzner is joining the Motion Picture Association of America as executive vp global communications and public affairs.

Reporting to MPAA chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin, Lenzner was most recently senior vp global communications and external relations at Atlantic Media, a publishing group, and before that an executive director of communications for ABC News in Washington, D.C., managing communications for series like This Week With George Stephanopoulos and Nightline.

Early in her career, Lenzner worked in film production and development for Diane Keaton’s production company and was a local news producer in Seattle after serving in the Clinton White House as an assistant to then senior adviser George Stephanopoulos.

She replaces Matt Bennett, who left the MPAA in May to take up the post of vp and chief communications officer at American University. In her new post, Lenzner will oversee the trade association’s communications team in the U.S. and internationally, while based at MPAA's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

"Emily is one of the leading communications strategists in the media industry. Her expertise in managing global, highly visible brands while navigating some of our industry’s biggest challenges will be invaluable not only to the MPAA but for each of our member studios," Rivkin said in a statement.

Lenzner’s appointment follows the MPAA adding Netflix as a member studio, alongside Disney, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros.

Added Lenzner in her own statement, "I am excited to join the MPAA during such a dynamic and pivotal time for the film and television industry. I look forward to working with our members in our effort to advance the business and art of storytelling."