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Posted at 3:38 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

It's official, Chris Dodd to lead the MPAA

By The Reliable Source

Former senator Christopher Dodd will run MPAA. (AP/Jessica Hill)

Break out the buttered popcorn! Another frontrunner has captured one of Hollywood's golden tickets: Chris Dodd is the new head of the Motion Picture Association of America.

The former senator, 66, has been rumored to get the $1.5 million-a-year job for the past couple of months, and was officially named Tuesday.

The hire follows a year-long search to replace Dan Glickman. A number of names were floated -- notably former Sen. Bob Kerrey -- but Dodd landed the plum lobbying post, in part for his ability to reach across party lines.

"Senator Dodd is a battle-tested leader whose reputation as a strong leader on major issues facing this country has prepared him to serve as ambassador for the movie business," Jim Gianopulos, chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment and member of the search committee, said in a statement released by the MPAA.

In the release, Dodd said taking the job "represents a continuation of my work in the Senate, from advancing the interests of children and families and creating and safeguarding American jobs to the protection of intellectual property and the expansion of international trade."

The sentimental Irishman's first day will be March 17, Saint Patrick's Day.

By The Reliable Source  | March 1, 2011; 3:38 PM ET
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Posted by: wewintheylose1 | March 1, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Correction wewintheylose1 the amount of damage this man has done to our financial and housing industry should at least put him into a war crimes category.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | March 1, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

...didn't Hollywood read all the public comments in response to this announcement? The guy is HATED by Americans...

Posted by: knsuaz | March 2, 2011 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Integrity and decency are now really gone in hollywood.

Posted by: MRGB | March 2, 2011 11:36 PM | Report abuse

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