October 19, 2009 / 6:06 AM / 10 years ago

MPAA chief Glickman to step down in 2010: report

Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), speaks at the 2007 ShoWest, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), in Las Vegas, Nevada March 13, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Dan Glickman, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, has made it official that he will leave his post with the lobbying organization for Hollywood studios when his contract expires in September.

He divulged the plan in a conversation with Politico.com, which published the report late Sunday.

The news follows the quiet departures of several MPAA executives over the past few months and repeated industry criticism that Glickman’s record has been mixed at best.

His early heads-up is likely to lead to some jockeying for position in the race for his succession.

As likely candidates for the top MPAA post, Politico mentioned California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., Rep. Howard Berman (D-California), MPAA COO Bob Pisano, the group’s federal affairs guru, Michael O’Leary, Richard Bates and Universal Music lobbyist Matt Gerson.

Ford is favored by most of the studios, but that could change as the competition heats up.

Glickman, who succeeded longtime MPAA chief Jack Valenti, has held his post for five years.

“My guess is that I’ll end up in the nonprofit or academic world,” Glickman told Politico. “People who know me know I’ve had these great extracurricular interests that have been very significant in driving me.”

Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters

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