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H’w’d has new allies on D.C. c’right panel

Hollywood has reason to crow over the makeup of the new House copyright subcommittee, a key congressional panel that often serves as the starting point for legislation affecting the film industry.

Of the nine Democrats named yesterday to the panel chaired by Rep. William Hughes (D-N.J.), three are from California: Don Edwards, Howard Berman and freshman Xavier Becerra.

Edwards is dean of the California delegation, while Berman is regarded as a staunch ally of the Motion Picture Assn. of America.

Other new members of the Hughes subcommittee include Romano Mazzoli (D-Ky.) and John Reed (D-R.I.), who is regarded as a friend of the cable TV industry.

Losing 3 Democrats

Three Democrats who served on the Hughes panel in the last Congress will not be serving there this session: Dan Glickman (D-Kansas), Pat Schroeder (D-Colo.) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.).

Republican members of the copyright subcommittee will be named today.

The ranking GOP member of the panel will be another Hollywood favorite: Californian Carlos Moorhead.

New to telecom’cations

Meanwhile, three new members will be joining the House telecommunications subcommittee, the panel chaired by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) that oversees legislation dealing with cable TV, broadcasting and occasionally the film industry. They are Marjorie Margolis Mezvinsky (D-Pa.), Lynn Schenk (D-Calif.) and Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio).

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