LOS ANGELES - The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced key promotions in the Association's content protection operations. Mike Robinson is being promoted to Executive Vice President, Content Protection, Chief of Operations, and Kevin Suh will become Senior Vice President, Content Protection, Internet. Suh will continue to report to Robinson who, in turn, reports to Daniel Mandil, Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Content Protection Officer.

In his expanded role, Mike Robinson will continue to lead worldwide content protection enforcement operations and countermeasures for the MPAA and its member studios. He will play an even stronger part in ensuring that country-based content protection organizations around the world funded by the MPAA are fully coordinated and committed to the MPAA's strategic goals at both the regional and global levels.

Robinson, who joined the MPAA in 2006 as SVP North American Anti-Piracy Operations following a distinguished law enforcement and public service career, most recently served as Senior Vice President, Content Protection, Chief of Operations.

As Director of the Michigan State Police, Robinson developed an international reputation as an innovative law enforcement leader. He was elected president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and served as chairman of a U.S. Department of Justice Federal Advisory Committee charged with integrating law enforcement information systems.

As TSA's first Assistant Administrator for Aviation Operations, Robinson oversaw the deployment of over 55,000 Transportation Security Officers to the nation's 429 commercial airports, transitioned the Civil Aviation Security Program from the FAA to the TSA, and directed the efforts of the Federal Air Marshals Service. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Robinson led the largest air evacuation in U.S. history as over 30,000 storm victims evacuated the storm ravaged city through the New Orleans International Airport.

"Mike continues to be a prime mover behind many of the MPAA's most significant investigative and law enforcement achievements particularly in key strategic areas concerning anti-camcording and counterfeit hard goods. With rapidly changing technologies and an evolving media landscape, Mike's operational leadership and his keen knowledge of law enforcement will be key to further deepening the MPAA's cooperation and coordination with law enforcement agencies in the U.S. at the local, state and federal levels and abroad, in order to protect the intellectual property rights of our members and bring content thieves to justice," said Mandil. "He is an indispensable part of the work we do and the successes we achieve."

In his expanded role, Kevin Suh will continue to bear principal responsibility for overseeing the MPAA's worldwide content protection enforcement strategies and operations as they relate to content theft on the Internet. Suh will also continue to take an active part in working with the MPAA legal team in formulating and implementing civil litigation strategy. Like Robinson, Suh will play an even stronger part in ensuring that country-based content protection organizations around the world funded by the MPAA are fully coordinated and committed to the MPAA's strategic goals at both the regional and global levels and that the MPAA's regional offices are equally well-coordinated and focused on the MPAA's overall strategic goals concerning online piracy. Suh will also play a still deeper role in formulating and implementing MPAA strategy concerning intermediary entities that facilitate online content theft.

Suh previously served as Vice President, Content Protection, Internet. He joined the MPAA in 2006 as Deputy Director, U.S. Anti-Piracy. Prior to joining the MPAA, Suh served as a Senior Deputy District Attorney with the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. During his career as a prosecutor, he focused on the prosecution of hardcore gang members and outlaw motorcycle gangs. He also completed assignments in major narcotics and auto theft and served as the District Attorney's liaison to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

"Kevin, too, continues to be a prime mover behind many of the MPAA's most significant investigative and law enforcement achievements when it comes to the complicated and ever-changing ecosystem of online content theft," said Mandil. "His deep knowledge of both Internet technology and law enforcement tools has made him an equally indispensable part of the work we do and the successes we achieve. Both Mike and Kevin are consummate team players and phenomenal operations managers. I applaud their enormous devotion to the goals of the MPAA and the interests of our member studios. Their promotions could not be more well-deserved."


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LOS ANGELES, CA -- The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that Sean Penn will be honored with the 2011 Stanley Kramer Award. The award will be presented to Penn at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion. Kramer, considered within the film industry to have served as "Hollywood's Conscience" during his career as a film producer and director, created some of the most respected and successful works in the annals of American motion pictures. He was the master behind such classics as The Caine Mutiny, High Noon, The Defiant Ones, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

Previous recipients of the Kramer award include such films as The Great Debaters, An Inconvenient Truth, Hotel Rwanda, Innocent Voices, In America, Antwone Fisher, and the 2010 winner was Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. Sean Penn is the first individual to receive the Guild's Stanley Kramer Award, and the first recipient of the award in 2002 was the film I Am Sam, which Penn starred in.

"We are proud to honor Sean Penn with this award as he truly exemplifies the Stanley Kramer legacy. Sean is a committed activist who has used his extraordinary talents and influence to shed light on powerful stories, causes and individualsthrough film, journalism, and global humanitarian organizations," said Paula Wagner, Chair of the 2011 Producers Guild Awards.



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Robert De Niro will serve as the head of the jury for 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The event is scheduled for May 11-22 on the French Riviera.

De Niro has a couple of films lined up for 2011. He'll speak Italian in Manuale d'amore 3, he's playing opposite Bradley Cooper in Limitless and the Oscar-winning thesp also has a cameo in Garry Marshall's star-studded New Year's Eve.

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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE -- Malco Theatres is taking another step towards seeing more green in 2011. The theatre chain is now offering recycling containers for cans and bottles, aninitiative that is leading other theatre circuits across the country.

The recycling bins are located inside theatre lobbies and according to Larry Etter, Senior Vice President of Concessions, "we are conscious and aware of the need to reduce waste. This is just another opportunity for Malco Theatres and our customers to work towards eliminating our carbon footprint."

In 2008, Malco Theatres was the first theatre circuit in the country to "go green" with the introduction of new environmentally friendly popcorn bags and for the past 13 years the company has recycled film trailers into collectible bows as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Malco Theatres is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee and is fourth-generation family-owned and operated. Malco operates over 300 screens in 30 locations across the mid-south.

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Robert Pattinson, who plays immortal hottie Edward Cullen in the Twilight film series, will take a lead role in Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel of the same name. Pattinson will play Eric Packer, a prodigiously talented financial prognosticator who becomes the target of an assassination attempt after risking his entire fortune to bet against the yen on a particularly volatile day in the financial world. Pattinson joins Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard in the film.

Pattinson's non-Twilight material has fared comparatively poorly at the box office: Little Ashes received only a limited release, but earned less than $500,000 during its theatrical run, while Remember Me more than doubled its production budget but still raked in only about $19 million in theaters. Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants will be his next theatrical release - prior to the first of two installments to complete the Twilight saga - but it appears that the Cronenberg film may be the true test of his commercial mettle, since it will be the highest-profile project he's taken on in his career, and will indicate how versatile a performer he may be, not to mention how much adult audiences will want to see him.

Nevertheless, Cronenberg's reputation for getting great performances out of actors is unassailable, giving him an edge when it comes to a different kind of longevity than that which comes at the end of a vampire's fang.


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