MPAA spruces up its lobby

Several upped; Dorgan aide hired

WASHINGTON -- MPAA president and CEO Dan Glickman has reorganized the association's lobbying arm, promoting and reassigning several government affairs officials and hiring an aide to a key Senate Democrat.

On Monday, Glickman promoted Greg Frazier to executive vp worldwide government policy and Michael O'Leary to senior vp and chief counsel for federal affairs and policy.

MPAA veteran Vans Stevenson will continue in his role as senior vp state government affairs, while Anissa Whitten, MPAA trade director since 2005, has been promoted to vp international affairs and trade policy. O'Leary, Stevenson and Whitten report to Frazier, who reports to Glickman.

Glickman also said that Daphna Peled, a top aide to Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., will join the MPAA in June as vp and senior counsel for federal affairs and policy and that MPAA executive Todd Flournoy will move to vp and senior counsel for federal affairs and policy from his previous position handling state government affairs. Peled and Flournoy will report to O'Leary. MPAA executive Fritz Attaway serves as executive vp and special policy adviser on government affairs issues.

"This is just part of an extraordinary team at the MPAA with deep relationships at the state, federal and international levels," Glickman said. "For today's movie business and intellectual property industries, all the world is a stage. Our objective is to have in place a tightly integrated team working intensively at all levels of government to advance the interests of our member companies -- whether the issue is tax disparities, intellectual property rights or creative freedoms.

"We expect to announce several other key additions soon," he added. "I'm very proud that so many of these promotions come from within and that our new executives have stellar backgrounds that will add great value to our existing group."