MPAA CEO and Chairman Senator Chris Dodd Highlights Bright Future of Growing Film Industry at CinemaCon Conference

on April 24, 2012

LAS VEGAS - MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd delivered remarks today at CinemaCon, the annual National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) convention in Las Vegas. Speaking at The Colosseum inside Caesar's Palace, Senator Dodd offered an optimistic perspective on what lies ahead for the film and television industry:

Traditionally, so called disruption innovations- radio, TV, the VCR- inspired fear among filmmakers and exhibitors...While that anxiety about change has at times marked our past, it is not how we approach the future. The film industry - home to some of the world's most inspiring visionaries and innovators - embraces the future, its innovations and its challenges.

In a 2012 outlook, Senator Dodd discussed a successful first quarter at the box office and highlighted some of the summer's upcoming blockbusters:

This year has already begun with a tremendous start: as of April 19 - the box office was up 17 percent over the same period last year. And we have an incredible slate coming up this summer, films that combine the best of what's old and what's new. In films like The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Battleship and GI Joe: Retaliation, our filmmakers will put your audio and video upgrades to good use, dazzling audiences with their use of technology.

Senator Dodd went on to preview other upcoming features, including The Great Gatsby and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but also took time to underscore the importance of protecting creative content. He emphasized all parties, in both the creative and tech communities, must work together to find a shared solution:

We are a nation of ideas with an economy of creators and makers. But that cannot continue if creators and makers can't get paid for what they create and make - whether it's a movie or a smartphone app... I am committed to doing all I can to achieve a satisfactory resolution to the protection of intellectual property. But, more importantly, the leaders of the content industry are committed as well - and I am confident many in the tech community are similarly prepared to do their part as well.

For a complete copy of Senator Dodd's remarks as prepared for delivery, click here.


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