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