Statement from Motion Picture Association Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin on Fran Drescher’s Election Victory for President of SAG-AFTRA

September 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – The following is a statement from Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, on the SAG-AFTRA election results:

“The Motion Picture Association congratulates Fran Drescher on being elected the new President of SAG-AFTRA. The last year and a half have demonstrated yet again how much we can get done as an industry when we work collaboratively together, and I know that Fran Drescher and the new leadership team at SAG-AFTRA share a common goal with us to come out of this pandemic stronger and more unified than ever before.

“Thanks to our union partners, our industry developed strict health and safety protocols which created one of the safest work environments in the United States. Our collective coordination and resiliency allowed a quick return to production supporting over two and a half million industry jobs in all 50 states, including more than 160,000 SAG-AFTRA members. This enabled us to keep audiences entertained, informed, inspired, and connected during these unprecedented times.

”I look forward to working together with Fran, Joely Fisher, and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland to advance the art and business of the film, television, and streaming industry in the years to come.”

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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.

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