Motion Picture Association Statement on Announced Retirement of NATO CEO John Fithian

October 10, 2022

WASHINGTON – The following is a statement by Charles Rivkin, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, on the announcement that John Fithian, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, will retire in May 2023.

“John Fithian’s name has been synonymous with movie theatre owners for decades. For more than 20 years, John has led the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) with a unique blend of business acumen, passion and creativity. Since joining the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in 2017, it’s been my personal privilege to work closely with John on so many issues important to our inter-connected industries. He has become a trusted partner and friend, and I will miss him when he retires next year. While it’s difficult to imagine NATO without John at the helm, I have every confidence that the NATO team will select an impressive successor, and I look forward to continuing the productive relationship that has always existed between our two great organizations.”

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About The Motion Picture Association

The Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) serves as the global voice and advocate of the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences around the world.

Its member studios are: Netflix Studios, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.

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