Statement from Charles Rivkin on USMCA Passage in the House of Representatives

December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON  — The United States House of Representatives today passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The trade bill now heads to the U.S. Senate, where it is also expected to pass, before being sent to the President for signature.

The following is a statement from Motion Picture Association Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin:

“The Motion Picture Association applauds the House of Representatives for passing the USMCA today and urges the Senate to act swiftly on this must-pass trade deal. Currently, the U.S. film, television, and streaming content industry accounts for $17.2 billion annually in exports and registers a positive trade balance with nearly every country in the world. Under the USMCA, the future of our industry only looks brighter. This deal facilitates the growth of the legal, digital market for creative content while addressing the threat of online piracy, which compromises up to $71 billion annually in domestic revenue. Future trade deals should account for this constantly changing digital landscape and build on USMCA to further protect and grow our creative economy.”

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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: 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.