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MPAA's Carlson ankles post after one year

WASHINGTON — Stacy Carlson, a senior official in the Motion Picture Assn. of America’s D.C. headquarters, ankled Wednesday after less than a year on the job.

“Stacy has been of tremendous assistance during these first months of my tenure, helping to ensure a smooth transition,” MPAA prexy-chief Dan Glickman said in a statement. “Stacy has chosen to leave MPAA to pursue other interests.”

Carlson did not respond to requests for comment.

Despite her Republican bona fides — she had worked for Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) as well as California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — Carlson failed to satisfy GOP congressional leaders, who had wanted to see one of their own in a top spot inside Hollywood’s lobbying operation.

Glickman created the position of exec veep for global government affairs specifically for Carlson. But Republicans felt she wasn’t a player — not well known on Capitol Hill and lacking political connections and experience.

Glickman’s next priority hire did please Republicans. John Feehery left his job as chief spokesman for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to join the MPAA in February.

Feehery took over communications duties from longtime MPAA spokesman Rich Taylor, who was moved into a new position. Feehery now assumes the title of exec veep for external affairs, which incorporates Carlson’s government affairs duties with his communications responsibilities.

Several staff changes have occurred in the D.C. office since Glickman took over last year. Some observers interpreted this latest one as part of his ongoing effort to develop stronger and broader relations with the Republican-controlled Congress. Last month, for example, Glickman added to his communications staff by hiring Gayle Osterberg, former communications director for Senate Budget Committee chair Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).

Since Feehery is taking over Carlson’s duties, “I think (Glickman) is trying to beef up his congressional operations,” one insider told Daily Variety.

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