Will carry on org's intellectual property rights fight

The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists has tapped veteran exec Ann Chaitovitz for the newly created post of national director of sound recordings and will send her to Capitol Hill.

AFTRA national exec director Greg Hessinger said the appointment reflects the org’s intensified fight for preservation of artists’ intellectual property rights as well as a fair share of the profits.

“It is clear that we are at a crossroads in the establishment of the new business model for the recording industry, and it is equally clear that Capitol Hill will be a critical battleground in creating that landscape,” Hessinger said. “Ann will work closely with our Washington lobbyists to galvanize support among our singer members and other allies to ensure that recording artists have a real voice in any legislative process that may affect their working lives.”

Chaitovitz began working for AFTRA in 1995 as a national representative-staff counsel and has overseen the first contingent-scale audits conducted under AFTRA’s Sound Recordings Code. She also participated in intellectual property litigation and Copyright Office proceedings, and she has negotiated with foreign countries’ collection societies over rights and royalties of U.S. performers.

Before working for AFTRA, Chaitovitz worked at Gotham-based Milgrim, Thomajan & Lee, a firm with intellectual property and entertainment practices, and as a staff attorney at the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP).

She will relocate from AFTRA’s national headquarters in Gotham to Washington, D.C.

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