MUMBAI: Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) chairman & CEO Dan Glickman will be leaving the MPAA beginning 1 April.
He will move on to become the president of Refugees International, the leading advocacy organization on refugee crises worldwide.
MPAA president and COO Bob Pisano will become interim CEO, while the search continues for Glickman’s replacement.
"In making this announcement, I want to thank Barry Meyer, Jim Gianopulos, Brad Grey, Bob Iger, Michael Lynton, Ron Meyer, and the entire MPAA board of directors, for their guidance and leadership. It has been an honor to have worked so closely with them. I also want to thank Bob Pisano and all the MPAA staff for their dedication during a time of major transition in our business. As I look forward to returning to public service and joining Refugees International, I am proud to look back at what the MPAA has accomplished since I took this job in 2004. We have fought vigorously on behalf of the 2.4 million Americans and other workers throughout the world whose jobs are based on a vibrant film and television business. This is a powerful medium that can help make a difference, and I will always value my time here. For me, perhaps the best thing about the job was the movies. I love movies. And as far as I am concerned, we make the best movies in the world," Glickman said.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc chairman and CEO Barry M. Meyer said, "Dan has demonstrated great leadership in his role as Chairman of the MPAA. He has guided the organization during a time of historic changes and unprecedented challenges throughout the entertainment industry. We thank Dan for his tireless support of the issues facing our businesses, particularly in protecting intellectual property rights in the United States and around the world. We wish him every success in his new position."
"We would also like to express our gratitude to Bob for agreeing to be interim CEO and have every confidence in his abilities to continue the crucial work of the MPAA," he added.
"Throughout his tenure at the MPAA, Dan served as an incredibly skillful and dedicated advocate for the issues that are most important to the film and television industries – global market access, copyright protection and ensuring an overall healthy future for our collective businesses. Furthermore, we look forward to working with Bob and are grateful that he’s agreed to serve as interim CEO over the near term," said Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos.
"Our industry has been well served by Dan’s efforts and advocacy worldwide and we appreciate the job he has done on our behalf. He is a great humanitarian and will be very effective in his new role," said The Walt Disney Company president and CEO Bob Iger.