You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

MPAA Topper Chris Dodd to Skip CinemaCon Due to Scheduling Conflict

Motion Picture Association of America chairman-CEO Chris Dodd will not be going to CinemaCon this year due to a scheduling conflict.

It will mark the first time in quite a few years that the MPAA chief will not be giving his state-of-the-industry speech at the annual gathering of exhibitors and studios at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, remains on the schedule for March 28.

An MPAA spokesman confirmed Monday that Dodd — Hollywood’s chief lobbyist — would not appear but did not elaborate on the nature of the scheduling conflict. Dodd, who served five terms as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Connecticut, came on board to run the MPAA as the successor to Dan Glickman, who had served from 2004 to 2010. Glickman succeeded the late Jack Valenti, whose flamboyant speechmaking was a highlight of the industry confab, formerly called ShoWest.

The four-day event will include presentations of upcoming movies from the six majors — Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. — along with independents Amazon, Focus, Lionsgate, and STX.

Dodd asserted on Jan. 30 that the studio trade association was “concerned about the impact” that President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and restrictions on immigration will have on the creative community.

“The U.S. film and television industry is part of a global enterprise that is enriched by the contributions of talented individuals from around the world,” Dodd said. “The MPAA is concerned about the impact of the executive order on individuals with legitimate personal and business relationships in the United States.”

More Film

  • 'Horizon' Review

    Film Review: 'Horizon'

    Motion Picture Association of America chairman-CEO Chris Dodd will not be going to CinemaCon this year due to a scheduling conflict. It will mark the first time in quite a few years that the MPAA chief will not be giving his state-of-the-industry speech at the annual gathering of exhibitors and studios at Caesars Palace in Las […]

  • Monster Hunt 2

    Berlin Film Review: 'Monster Hunt 2'

    Motion Picture Association of America chairman-CEO Chris Dodd will not be going to CinemaCon this year due to a scheduling conflict. It will mark the first time in quite a few years that the MPAA chief will not be giving his state-of-the-industry speech at the annual gathering of exhibitors and studios at Caesars Palace in Las […]

  • Cast of "Isle of Dogs" attend

    Liev Schreiber and Other 'Isle of Dogs' Cast Attend Studio Babelsberg Night in Berlin

    Motion Picture Association of America chairman-CEO Chris Dodd will not be going to CinemaCon this year due to a scheduling conflict. It will mark the first time in quite a few years that the MPAA chief will not be giving his state-of-the-industry speech at the annual gathering of exhibitors and studios at Caesars Palace in Las […]

  • Berlin: Netflix Picks Up China's Boonie

    Berlin: Netflix Picks Up China's Boonie Bears' Animation

    Motion Picture Association of America chairman-CEO Chris Dodd will not be going to CinemaCon this year due to a scheduling conflict. It will mark the first time in quite a few years that the MPAA chief will not be giving his state-of-the-industry speech at the annual gathering of exhibitors and studios at Caesars Palace in Las […]

  • Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick

    After 'Black Panther' and 'Wonder Woman,' It's Time for the Myth of the Fanboy to Fade

    Motion Picture Association of America chairman-CEO Chris Dodd will not be going to CinemaCon this year due to a scheduling conflict. It will mark the first time in quite a few years that the MPAA chief will not be giving his state-of-the-industry speech at the annual gathering of exhibitors and studios at Caesars Palace in Las […]

  • 'Eva' Review: Huppert and Ulliel Are

    Berlin Film Review: 'Eva'

    Motion Picture Association of America chairman-CEO Chris Dodd will not be going to CinemaCon this year due to a scheduling conflict. It will mark the first time in quite a few years that the MPAA chief will not be giving his state-of-the-industry speech at the annual gathering of exhibitors and studios at Caesars Palace in Las […]

  • China's Film Sales Agents Take First

    China's Film Sales Agents Take First Steps, Face Long Learning Curve

    Motion Picture Association of America chairman-CEO Chris Dodd will not be going to CinemaCon this year due to a scheduling conflict. It will mark the first time in quite a few years that the MPAA chief will not be giving his state-of-the-industry speech at the annual gathering of exhibitors and studios at Caesars Palace in Las […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content