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Graves co-chairs CARA

The Motion Picture Assn. of America has upped Joan Graves to co-chairman of its Classification & Rating Administration.

The nod to Graves reflects the reduction in duties of Richard Mosk, current CARA chairman, who will devote more time to his law practice.

Mosk recently was appointed by the U.S. government to be a judge on the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.

Graves initially will share supervisory authority with Mosk over CARA — the arm of the MPAA that screens rates films.

The nod to Mosk may require the civil litigation attorney to frequently travel to the Hague to oversee the Tribunal’s work.

“We are proud of Judge Mosk’s selection to this prestigious tribunal,” MPAA prexy Jack Valenti said.

The ascension of Graves is designed to ensure the smooth operation of the ratings board in his absence.

It is expected that Mosk, who was named CARA chairman in June 1994, eventually will be replaced by Graves, who has been with the ratings board since 1988. She was appointed vice chairman at the same time Mosk was brought on board as chairman.

“(Joan’s) excellent judgment and personal skills have been an enormous asset in the success of the movie ratings system,” Valenti said.

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