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MPAA seeks Latin allies in piracy fight

Orgs issue 5-point action list to strengthen Mexican film

SANTA MONICA — Piracy was top of the agenda Tuesday as Motion Picture Assn. of America topper Dan Glickman met Latin American filmmakers for the first time at the 10th U.S. Mexico Bilateral Film Industry Committee meeting.

Glickman and Jean M. Prewitt, prexy and CEO of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) presided over the meeting, which also focused on film production, market access and ways to encourage and promote Mexico’s creative community.

Addressing the growth of digital piracy in Mexico, the MPAA and IFTA backed various antipiracy bills that would enforce and strengthen criminal deterrence. Industry losses to piracy in Mexico are estimated at $50 million for 2003.

The Mexican and U.S. Delegations of Bilateral Committee issued a joint Declaration of Santa Monica with a five-point action list committing to promote private and public sector funds to strengthen and develop the production and distribution of Mexican films. Mexican film production has slowed in recent years due to the difficulties in recouping costs and limited government backing.

The committee, consisting of Mexican and U.S. delegations with government participation of both countries, meets twice a year: once in Mexico and once in the U.S.

This year’s Mexican delegation included Gonzalo Elvira, prexy of the Assn. of Mexican Film Producers and Monica Lozano, prexy of the Assn. of Mexican Independent Film Producers, as well as Fernando Borjon, director of TV of the Ministry of Communication and Transportation in Mexico.

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