Film and Television Industry Launches the Trusted Partner Network (TPN)

April 2, 2018

The MPAA partners with CDSA on industry-wide content security initiative to help protect films and television shows from script to screen

LOS ANGELES – The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) today announced the launch of a new industry-wide, content security initiative. The Trusted Partner Network (TPN) will help prevent leaks, breaches, and hacks of film and television content by elevating the security standards of the industry’s production and distribution supply chain.

“Creating the films and television shows enjoyed by audiences around the world increasingly requires a network of specialized vendors and technicians,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. “That’s why maintaining high security standards for all third-party operations from script to screen is such an important part of preventing the theft of creative works and ultimately protects jobs and the health of our vibrant creative economy.”
The TPN provides vendors with a voluntary, cost-effective way to assess the security preparedness of their facilities, staffs, and workflows against industry best practices. Vendors who complete a TPN assessment are then published in a directory of “trusted partners” accessible to content owners and producers worldwide.

“With the TPN, the MPAA member companies have collaborated with the independents and digital content platforms to expand and coordinate industry security assessments,” said Dan Robbins, TPN Chairman and SVP and Associate General Counsel for MPAA’s legal department. “The TPN will grow the number of assessments conducted industry-wide, while saving vendors time and money, and ensuring that their facilities and systems meet industry-approved best practices.

“The TPN is online and available for all production, post-production, and distribution operations vendors across the entire entertainment supply chain,” said TPN CEO and CDSA Executive Director Guy Finley. “Our goal is to create a dynamic industry program where entertainment vendors demonstrate to content owners around the world that they strive for the highest levels of security for their client’s content.”

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About the MPAA

The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its 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.

About CDSA

Founded in 1970, the Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA) is the worldwide forum advocating the innovative and responsible delivery and storage of entertainment, software, and information content. CDSA’s Board of Directors and Content Advisors include representatives from Adobe, Amazon Studios, Amblin, AMC Networks, BBC Worldwide, HBO, Hulu, Legendary Pictures, Lionsgate, Marvel Studios, Microsoft, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Open Road Films, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, STX Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros.