Charles Rivkin
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United States

Motion Picture Association


Chairman / CEO

On the heels of the 50th anniversary of the ratings system, Rivkin welcomed Netflix into the MPAA fold in January, making it the first streaming service to join the movie studios’ trade association, now nearing its centennial. He spearheaded an organizational refresh this fall that unifies the MPAA’s branding across all domestic and international operations while continuing the organization’s global efforts to fight piracy and maintain and enhance production incentives. Rivkin served as president and CEO of the Jim Henson Company before segueing into the public sector in 2009 as ambassador to France and Monaco. He succeeded Chris Dodd as MPAA chief in September 2017 following a three-year stint as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.


  • Yale University (CT, USA)
  • Harvard Business School (USA)

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  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Charles Rivkin on Netflix Joining the MPAA -- Will Amazon Be Next?

Charles Rivkin on Netflix Joining the MPAA -- Will Amazon Be Next?

WASHINGTON -- After Netflix's decision to join the Motion Picture Association of America, the obvious question is, will others follow?Charles Rivkin, the chairman and CEO of the MPAA, suggested that it was a possibility. In an interview with Variety, he said that the MPAA's board last month "gave me full authority, unanimous authority, to approach Netflix and a handful of other companies."He added, "The only thing I will say about this is, I am really pleased that a lot of...


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