D.C. Lobby: Friends in New and High Places

Variety’s William Triplett talked to the industry’s chief lobbyist, MPAA’s Dan Glickman, who could barely contain his enthusiasm Wednesday about the election results. “We intend to keep working on our strategic initiatives in the same bipartisan fashion we have,” he said. “But personally? Obviously, I took some positive feelings from the results.” He has reason to be happy. As a congressman from Kansas, he was swept out of office in the Republican takeover of 1994. When he was named to succeed Jack Valenti in 2004, the GOP leadership was not pleased, as it flew in the face of the K Street Project. That was an effort to stock D.C.’s lobbying machinery with like-minded Republicans. The MPAA paid the price in the form of unfavorable tax legislation.

Another lobbyist, Erik Huey, who represents SAG and AFTRA, says he would not miss the attitude he encountered from GOP staffers as he tried to get them to ease off on plans to fine performers for indecency violations.

“They were telling me that performer fines were payback for all the performers like Bruce Springsteen and the Dixie Chicks who criticized the president and supported (2004 presidential nominee John) Kerry,” Huey said. “I think we can expect a more pro-artist approach” under a Democratic-controlled House.

Addendum: Comedy Central claims it scooped everyone on the Rumsfeld resignation. And the Parents Television Council, the No. 1 filer of complaints to the FCC, says that the commission is arbitrarily exempting news from indecency violations, following the decision to let CBS’s “The Early Show” off the hook for a profanity.

Army Archerd talks to Sid Ganis, a friend of Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi, who also has optioned the fictionalized feature rights to “Journeys with George,” an HBO doc that Pelosi’s daughter Alexandra made on the 2000 election. The question is whether there could be new interest in the project in the new political environment. Pelosi has many friends in Hollywood, and headlined a fund raiser last month at the home of Roz Wyman.

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