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.
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).