MPAA names Gail MacKinnon exec VP for government affairs

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Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) CEO Charles H. Rivkin announced the appointment of Gail MacKinnon as executive VP for government affairs. MacKinnon will report to Rivkin and oversee the MPAA’s government-relations portfolio and policy agenda. She will join the MPAA on Nov. 13.

“Gail is a deeply respected and skilled government-relations professional and keen strategist who brings a wealth of bipartisan policy experience in the telecommunications and media arena,” said Rivkin. “The American film and television industry supports two million jobs and 88,000 small businesses in the United States, and Gail will be a tireless advocate for the hard-working Americans who are the backbone of our creative economy.”

Most recently, MacKinnon served as executive VP and chief government relations officer for Time Warner Cable, leading the company’s agenda in Washington. Her career includes senior positions with Turner Broadcasting, TCI, CBS, Viacom, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and Time Warner, providing her with insights from both the content creation and distribution elements of the media and entertainment industry. She began her career working for Representative Jack Fields (R-TX), who chaired the House Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, and is a board member of the Shakespeare Theater.

“I am thrilled to join the MPAA at this moment of continued transformation for the film and television industry,” MacKinnon said. “As creative companies are embracing and driving new technology to serve consumers in so many exciting new ways in the face of growing competition, we are at a critical juncture. I am excited to join the leadership of MPAA to ensure that federal, state and local government policy actions ensure that the industry can continue to support economic growth and job creation here at home and a burgeoning trade surplus abroad while entertaining, educating and inspiring audiences every day."

MacKinnon succeeds Joanna McIntosh, who became senior VP for government affairs at NCTA in September 2017.