Bob Kerrey  (Source: Politico)
MPAA close to recruiting new CEO that could be powerful ally in Washington

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will call upon a former U.S. Senator and former U.S. Navy SEAL to become the trade group's new leader.

Former Senator Bob Kerrey, D-Nebraska, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, has reportedly agreed to a $1.2 million yearly salary after two months of negotiations.  During a radio show last week with Don Imus, Kerrey confirmed he is "talking very seriously" with MPAA officials, and said "we're in the final stages of negotiations."

"I do think it's a done deal," sources told The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the story.  "It's just a question of picking a starting date."

The Medal of Honor recipient tried to become the Democratic presidential nominee in 1992, but fell short to rivals including Bill Clinton.  Kerrey remains president of the New School University in New York, and will not take the MPAA position until his contract ends.  Furthermore, Kerrey served 12 years in the U.S. Senate, and has been able to gain support among Democrats and Republicans alike.

The MPAA continues to battle sluggish DVD sales and peer-to-peer piracy, while the group plans to focus more on pressuring ISPs into policing their users.  ISPs continue to cooperate when approached with a court-ordered subpoena, but still feel uneasy disconnecting subscribers.

Kerrey's strong political background could give the MPAA a powerful ally when it comes time to launch wide-scale crackdowns on piracy.

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