Although it’s just one article, it looks like the MPAA got exactly what they wanted: Mr. Glickman goes to Hollywood [pdf]
But movie buff or not, how can someone who spent much of his career preoccupied with farm policy now make the transition to showbiz? Glickman deadpans: “Culture is the biggest part of agriculture.” Playing along, a questioner asks: How, exactly? His reply: “Well, for one thing, it’s got the most letters.”
But then he gets serious and ticks off several plausible-sounding reasons that his background has amply prepared him for the MPAA presidency. The farm industry and the movie industry each occupy a large place in the national psyche and in the national economy, each industry relies heavily on its exports, and each considers itself beset by debilitating economic threats.
In the case of the movie industry, that threat is film piracy, in which movies are illegally filmed in theaters by camcorders, copied, and distributed around the world on the Internet or via home video. Finding ways to crack down on that practice, which costs Hollywood an estimated $3 billion a year, will be one of Glickman’s top priorities.
Several bills dealing with film piracy are pending on Capitol Hill. Although he resists the term “lobbyist,” Glickman concedes that he expects to “use the good will” he has built up in Congress to “have some access” to lawmakers on legislation affecting piracy and other issues.
Grove, of Hollywood Reporter.com, says Glickman has “obviously got a lot to learn about the business of filmed entertainment, but what Hollywood was clearly looking for was someone plugged in to the Washington circuit. They want a Beltway insider, because Hollywood perceives its major problems as coming from Washington.”