The industry’s chief lobbying firm will hold an all day symposium on April 21 to “educate top national policy and lawmakers about the economic impact of the motion picture industry.”
The event mirrors a symposium held in 2007, and so far it looks like it will draw an equal or greater number of studio executives and creative types. On the bill so far are Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment; Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount; Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, along with vice chairman Jeff Blake; Ron Meyer, president and COO of Universal Studios, along with vice chairman Rick Finkelstein; Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios; and Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
MPAA chairman Dan Glickman indicated that the event this year will concentrate on the industry as a source of jobs for working men and women. Hollywood found itself in the crosshairs of the stimulus debate in January, when Republican lawmakers cited a proposed tax break as a giveaway to well-heeled movie producers, already benefiting from robust obx office. Glickman said in a statement, “This year’s event will focus squarely on the hard work behind motion pictures. We will highlight the job created, and the workers who fill those roles, throughout the day.”
The event will be held at the Donald Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, aka the National Portrait Gallery.
The 2007 event drew stars like Will Smith and politicos like Patrick Leahy and Charles Rangel. It’ll be interesting to see whether this year’s event can draw lawmakers like Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), among the more critical of Hollywood during the stimulus debate.