MPAA hires bipartisan pair for D.C.

Org selects Osterberg, O'Leary

WASHINGTON — Motion Picture Assn. of America prexy-CEO Dan Glickman has made a key pair of bipartisan hires for the D.C. office.

Gayle Osterberg, former communications director for Senate Budget Committee chairman Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), is now MPAA veep for corporate communications. Michael O’Leary, recently of the Justice Dept.’s intellectual property section and previously a Democratic counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, becomes VP and senior counsel for public policy development.

Osterberg brings considerable political experience to a section previously run by Phuong Yokitis, who recently left the org. Before working for the Budget Committee, Osterberg served as communications director for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and was previously press secretary to former Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.). She will be working extensively with MPAA exec veep of communications John Feehery.

Along with Feehery, former communications chief for Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Osterberg reflects an increasingly GOP-friendly effort to build ties and relationships with the Republican-controlled Congress, which objected to the MPAA’s hiring of Glickman, a Democrat.

O’Leary has worked for more than a decade on intellectually property policy and enforcement. He was deputy chief for intellectual property in the Justice Dept.’s computer crime and intellectual property section. At the MPAA he will again focus on intellectual property issues, most notably the Grokster case still pending in the Supreme Court and antipiracy efforts associated with digital television. He replaces David Green, who left the MPAA to join NBC Universal.