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Jarryd Gonzales, a veteran strategist for Republican party, has been selected as the new spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

“Jarryd is a skilled communicator with a proven track record as a spokesperson and trusted communications counselor, having previously worked for both large corporations and high-profile political leaders,” said AMPTP president Carol Lombardini. “We are pleased that he has joined the AMPTP; he will be a great asset to the organization.”

Gonzales most recently served as chief spokesperson for Verizon in California and Texas, and before that as a Western states spokesperson for T-Mobile USA. He was a political director for the California Republican Party 2001 to 2006, a campaign trainer in Serbia and Venezuela as part of the International Republican Institute between 2003 and 2005 and deputy political director of Richard Riordan’s campaign for governor in 2001.

He replaces Jesse Hiestand, who became the director of corporate communications for FX Networks and FX Productions in Los Angeles in October. Hiestand had been the AMPTP’s director of communications for nearly a decade.

The AMPTP serves as the bargaining arm for the Hollywood production companies in negotiations with SAG-AFTRA, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. The three master contracts will expire in 2017.