Hollywood takes 'Business' to Hill


The motion picture industry isn't wasting any time pushing its agenda with the new Congress, announcing a daylong conference with several top executives designed to "educate" lawmakers and other policy types.

"People everywhere know the magic of the movies, but they don't know the energy and work put into each production," MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said. "This event gives us the opportunity to spotlight a leading American business in an educational setting and discuss the importance of the American motion picture industry, celebrating the economic value it generates.

"The Business of Show Business" will take place Feb. 6 at the Smithsonian's newly renovated Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in Washington.

It will feature a series of high-profile speakers and panel discussions on such topics as entertainment in the digital age, the impact of piracy and the economics of show business. Confirmed guests for the program include Peter Chernin, president and chief operating officer of News Corp. and chairman and CEO of the Fox Group; Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment; Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment; and Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios.

"Policymakers need to understand more clearly the economic power of the movies, the incredible risk and investment involved in making a movie and challenges we face as an industry," Glickman said. "An important event such as this is long overdue in Washington."