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MPAA Hires PBS Chief Technology Officer

Trade group also hires former Neustar exec Alex Deacon as SVP of Internet technology

The MPAA has hired John McCoskey, previously chief technology officer of pubcaster PBS, as executive VP and CTO.

In addition, the trade group named Alex Deacon to the newly created position of senior VP of Internet technology, reporting to McCoskey. Deacon, previously chief technologist and distinguished engineer at Neustar Media, will be based in Silicon Valley.

McCoskey replaces Paul Brigner, who left as MPAA’s CTO last year to join the Internet Society as regional director of the North American bureau.

“New technology has made it easier than ever to watch your favorite film or television show online, and our studios are relentlessly innovating to develop new options to increase consumer choice,” MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd said in announcing the hires. “John and Alex will be important voices at MPAA as our industry continues to work closely with the technology community to better serve our shared audience.”

McCoskey reports to chief operating officer Diane Strahan and will be responsible for developing and executing the MPAA’s global technology policy. Prior to his six-year stint at PBS, McCoskey was VP of Product development at Comcast and senior VP of technology and CTO for Discovery Communications.

At Neustar, Deacon worked on back-end systems for the studio-led UltraViolet digital locker platform. Before joining Neustar, he was a founding member of the technical staff at VeriSign.

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