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Former MPAA Exec Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison on Sexual Abuse and Blackmail Charges

The former general counsel for the Motion Picture Association on Friday was sentenced to 12 months in prison for sexually abusing and blackmailing a woman he met through a dating site. Steven Fabrizio was fired by the MPAA in August 2019 shortly after being arrested. On July 30, 2021, he pleaded guilty to blackmail and […]

MPA Launches Law and Policy Fellowship for HBCU Grads

The Motion Picture Association and the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program have teamed up to diversify one area of Hollywood that is often overlooked in conversations about inclusion: business and government affairs. The MPA-EICOP Entertainment & Law Policy Fellowship is a yearlong paid program that will give two recent college or law school graduates from […]

Biden Taps Former Comcast Exec David Cohen as Ambassador to Canada

Cohen had broad responsibilities at the cable and entertainment giant, overseeing corporate communications, public policy, regulatory and government affairs, lobbying, real estate, security and other functions

Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Team Reveal Edits They Made to Earn G Rating

Writers, co-directors and producers for Disney’s 1996 animated The Hunchback of Notre Dame say notes from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) resulted in several of the film’s sounds being edited to earn the movie’s G rating, according to a new interview with The New York Times. That includes lowering the volume of villain […]

MPA, NATO Ask Congress for Temporary Liability Relief as Businesses Reopen

The Motion Picture Association and the National Association of Theatre Owners signaled their support for temporary liability protection as businesses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic in a letter to Congress on Wednesday.

Top MPAA Executive Fired Amid Report of Alleged Rape, Blackmail

The general counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America, Hollywood’s top lobbying organization, was fired early Monday after being arrested last Friday for the alleged rape and blackmail of a woman he contacted through a dating site.

MPAA Unveils New Promotions Amid Global Policy Push

The Motion Picture Association of America, the movie industry's top trade group, on Thursday unveiled another round of promotions to extend its global policy reach.

MPAA Names Emily Lenzner as Communications Chief

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

MPAA Comms Chief Matt Bennett Stepping Down

Matt Bennett is departing the Motion Picture Association of America as executive vp of communications, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

MPAA Promotes Gail MacKinnon to Oversee Global Policy

Gail MacKinnon has been promoted to senior executive vp at the Motion Picture Association of America, the company announced Thursday in an email from chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Theater Chains Keep Pursuing Saudi Arabia Deals Despite Khashoggi Death

Western theater chains remain interested in doing business in Saudi Arabia, despite the controversy over the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi last October.

Online Video Subscribers Outnumber Cable Subs for First Time

The number of global subscriptions to online video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime surpassed cable TV for the first time in 2018, according to data released Thursday by the MPAA.