Williams secures MPAA tech post


The MPAA has named Jim Williams senior vp and chief technology officer.

Williams will oversee the MPAA's tech-related endeavors, including watermarking technology and standard setting, and he will work with other industries in this capacity.

Williams joined the MPAA in 2002 as vp television and video system standards and last year was promoted to head the international technology initiatives for the MPA, the international arm of the MPAA. Before that, he was with Hughes/DirecTV for nearly 20 years where, as an executive, he worked on DirecTV's startup in Japan and the company's launch of its HDTV service in the U.S. in 1998.

"Jim has played a crucial role in the film industry's efforts to facilitate a smooth digital transition that provides consumers new ways to enjoy Hollywood content when, where and how they want," MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said Monday.

Williams holds 11 U.S. patents and has nine others pending.