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Hollywood Chiefs Take on New Role: Lobbyists

Frank Ahrens

Today, the Motion Picture Association of America -- the trade group and lobbying arm of the major Hollywood studios -- will announce an all-star summit of studio heads set for Feb. 6 at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The aim is to get the studios' issues -- chiefly, piracy, both Internet and disc -- in Congress's face.

The U.S. government already is doing quite a lot for the music and movie industries, including encouraging foreign governments, such as Sweden, to pass tough new laws against file-sharing, and using admission to the WTO as a lever to get Russia to shut down one online music store the U.S. industry says is violating copyrights.

Hollywood toppers set to attend include:

* Brad Grey, head of Paramount.

* Peter Chernin, head of 20th Century Fox.

* Michael Lynton, head of Sony.

* Barry Meyer, head of Warner Bros.

* Ron Meyer, head of Universal.

The only studio missing so far is Disney. What, no Bob Iger or Dick Cook?

By Frank Ahrens  |  November 20, 2006; 1:00 PM ET  | Category:  Frank Ahrens
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How about Tom Cruise? Isn't head of some studio? Will he have a couch instead of a chair on the dais?

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