Statement from MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd on the swearing in of Robert Lighthizer for USTR

May 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – The following is a statement from Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, on Robert E. Lighthizer being sworn in as the next United States Trade Representative (USTR).

“The MPAA congratulates Robert Lighthizer on being sworn in as USTR. The film and television industry is a key driver of the U.S. economy, generating $17.8 billion in exports and registering a positive trade balance with nearly every country around the world.

“The USTR plays a critical role in the continued success of America’s creative industries by negotiating and enforcing trade agreements that protect U.S. intellectual property rights and expand access to foreign markets. The MPAA looks forward to working with Mr. Lighthizer and his USTR team.”

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.

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