Sen. Chris DoddChairman and CEO, MPAARemarks to CinemaCon 2012, Las VegasTuesday, April 24, 2012
Thank you, Nora (Dashwood), for that nice introduction. And thank you, John (Fithian)for being such a good partner and friend.I had the privilege of speaking at CinemaCon last year, on what was just my ninth dayas Chairman and CEO of the MPAA.
What a year it’s been!
been challenging, as much as any year in the MPAA’s 90
-year history. But thereis also reason for great optimism and excitement.New technologies, new business models, new opportunities
this is a time oftransformative change, and it is critical in my view that the MPAA and NATO engage thefuture, together.In the midst of all this,
one thing hasn’t changed. The production and
exhibitionindustries cannot succeed
without each other.Traditionally, so called disruptive innovations
radio, TV, the VCR -- inspired fearamong filmmakers and exhibitors.In 1982, my dear friend and longtime iconic leader of the MPAA, Jack Valenti, famouslysaid that the VCR was like the Boston Strangler to our industry.Among his many talents, Jack was also colorful.Well, the point is, we are, three decades later, not only alive but thriving.In fact, similar dire predictions for our industry occurred with the arrival of sound, video,and of course television. In each and every case, these new technologies not only didnot threaten our industry
they enhanced it.While this anxiety about change has at times marked our past, this is not how we areapproaching our future.The film industry
home to some of
the world’s most inspiring
embraces the future, its innovations and its challenges.It is important to remember that filmmaking itself was originally, and remains today, a