Motion Picture Association Statement on Confirmation of Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

January 26, 2021

WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate today confirmed Antony Blinken as the next Secretary of State. The following is a statement from Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association:

“We are encouraged by today’s bipartisan Senate vote confirming Antony Blinken as our nation’s 71st Secretary of State. We look forward to working with Secretary Blinken to strengthen America’s global alliances and advance a foreign policy agenda that enables the film, television and streaming industry to build upon our economic and cultural contributions. Having worked for him when I was Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, I saw firsthand his strong commitment to job creation and supporting the industries that drive our nation’s economy.

“International cooperation is essential to a strong, healthy, and dynamic U.S. economy. As the world’s leader in exporting film and television content globally, America needs international partnerships to ensure the success of the more than 2.5 million jobs the industry supports back home, and we need our trading partners to build and effectively enforce existing copyright and market access standards. President Biden and Secretary Blinken can count on the creative community as partners to work with the international community to extend the success of American creativity and freedom of expression around the world.

“As a diplomat with longstanding ties to Mr. Biden, Secretary Blinken will have many goals and priorities that align with those of the creative community. Like Secretary Blinken, we enter this new American era with “humility and confidence” that, working together, we can rebuild our iconic industry and our great country – stronger and more resilient than ever before.”

# # #

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

Media Contact:

Tom Zigo, Motion Picture Association