The Hartford Courant
Chris Dodd is going Hollywood.
After months of rumors, the former U.S. senator was named Tuesday as chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, which represents the nation's major film studios.
Dodd had remained relatively quiet about exactly what he would be doing after serving in Washington for 36 years, but his interest in the film post had been chronicled in several major newspapers. His name had been floated for multiple jobs, including president of the University of Connecticut and ambassador to any number of countries through a nomination by his friend, President Barack Obama.............
Chris Dodd's leading role
Break out the buttered popcorn! Another front-runner has captured one of Hollywood's golden tickets: Chris Dodd is the new head of the Motion Picture Association of America.
The former senator, 66, has been rumored to get the $1.5 million-a-year job for the past couple of months, and was officially named on Tuesday..............
pic: After a year-long search to replace Dan Glickman, former senator Chris Dodd is named the new head of the MPAA. (Jessica Hill)
Motion Picture Industry Group Names Ex-Senator Dodd as Its New Chief
By BROOKS BARNES and MICHAEL CIEPLY
— Christopher J. Dodd, the former Democratic senator of Connecticut, was named as Hollywood’s top lobbyist on Tuesday, a move that might initially prove tricky because of lobbying restrictions for former members of Congress. The Motion Picture Association of America, which is counting on Mr. Dodd to revive its diminished influence, announced that he would take over on March 17 as its chairman and chief executive. The job, which will pay about $1.5 million a year, will require Mr. Dodd to push a Hollywood agenda in Washington that includes a more aggressive government stance against piracy and an effort to persuade China to lift limits on the distribution of Western movies.............