Valenti Successor Named

It will be interesting to see where he takes this discussion: Film Industry Lobby Picks Successor to Valenti

Dan Glickman, former agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton and a long-serving Democratic Congressman, has been named to head the Motion Picture Association of America, taking over from Jack Valenti who headed the movie lobby group for 38 years.

Mr. Glickman, 59, will resign his current position running the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government to take over the association in September, ending a search that has taken more than two years.

Mr. Glickman is considered an unknown quantity in Hollywood, where he will be charged with forging consensus among the seven studios that comprise the Motion Picture Association and taking on thorny issues like Internet piracy.