Statement from Charles Rivkin on USMCA Passage in the Senate

January 16, 2020

WASHINGTON  — The United States Senate today passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The trade bill now heads to the President’s desk for signature.

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

“The Motion Picture Association applauds the Senate for passing the USMCA today. 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. The USMCA will help the future of our industry look brighter, particularly in Mexico. This deal includes provisions that facilitate the growth of the legal, digital market for creative content while improving tools to address the threat of online piracy, which costs the industry up to $71 billion of revenue lost annually. Future trade deals should account for the constantly changing digital landscape, and we look forward to working with the Administration to build on USMCA and further improve protections for our creative economy. I would like to thank the President, Ambassador Lighthizer, Leader McConnell and Speaker Pelosi for their leadership for passing this important trade agreement.”

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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.