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Who
We Are

Supporting Creators From Script to Screen

We are the voice of the global film and television industry, a community of storytellers at the nexus of innovation, imagination, and creativity.

The EMEA office of the MPA, based in Brussels, was opened in 1995. It represents the interests of the motion picture and television industry in an incredibly diverse market.

 

The Brussels office’s principal areas of activity include: work on legislative and regulatory issues at the European and national levels; development and implementation of content protection strategies; coordination of region-wide content protection activities in coordination with some seventeen national partners; advocating the development and respect of digital rights management; collaboration with other rights holder groups to promote intellectual property rights; and negotiation and administration of collective management agreements.

Our members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Universal City Studios LLC, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

 

Our
People

Charles H. Rivkin, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Charles H. Rivkin joined the Motion Picture Association of America as CEO on September 5, 2017 and became Chairman on December 6, 2017. He leads the MPAA’s global mission to advance and support one of the country’s strongest and most vibrant industries – the American motion picture, home entertainment, and television sector. Previously, Rivkin served

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Our
History

In 1922, motion picture studios formed the organization now known as the Motion Picture Association of America to protect and support the nascent film industry. Since that time, the MPAA has served as the voice and advocate of the film and television industry around the world, advancing the business and art of storytelling, protecting the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and bringing entertainment and inspiration to audiences worldwide.

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1922

The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) is founded and led by William Hays. A regulatory system, known as the Hays code, is developed to ensure the absence of “offensive material” and prevent government interference in filmmaking.

1945

The organization changes its name to The Motion Picture Association of America, reflecting increased popularity of american films overseas.

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1968

Alongside the progress of the civil rights, women’s rights, and labor movements, the film industry sought artistic freedoms and the removal of Hays Code’s strict limits on certain content. In response, then-MPAA president Jack Valenti creates the film rating system we use today.

1975

The MPAA establishes the Film Security Office to work closely with law enforcement officials and stem the growing threat of film piracy, which was estimated to cost the industry more than $100 million a year at the time.

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1995

The EMEA office of the MPA opened in Brussels. It represents the interests of the motion picture and television industry in legislative and regulatory issues at the European and National levels.

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2008

Facing increasing challenges from online content theft, the MPAA, under CEO Dan Glickman, bolsters its global content protection team and successfully advocates for the Pro-IP Act, the first U.S. anti-piracy law enacted in the 21st Century.

2013

Like-minded organisations, federations and associations from the European cultural and creative sectors have form Creativity Works!,with the objective to kick-start an open and informed dialogue with EU policy-makers about the economic and cultural contribution made by creators and the cultural and creative sectors in the digital age.

 

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2017

The MPAA joins dozens of entertainment companies to launch the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), a global coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal market and reducing online piracy.

2018

Under CEO Charles Rivkin, the MPAA is championing the growing diversity of filmmakers, safeguarding intellectual property rights, advancing technological innovation, and supporting trade policies that can further expand the global film and TV marketplace.

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International
Reach

The MPAA works globally to advance public policies that support creators, protect content, and foster a thriving creative economy. Our operations include:

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What
We Do

Humans tell stories—it’s what we do.

Today, the stories that define our lives and shape our world are brought to life by the global creative community, including the creators and artists working in European film and television. The MPA fosters this economic and cultural enterprise by advocating for policies that recognize the power of our stories, reward creators, and allow us to produce, distribute, and protect the creative content audiences love.

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