Former Senator Bob Kerrey to lead MPAA

MPAA turns to former Nebraska Senator and war hero to help steer film industry through digital era.

Robert "Bob" Kerrey, a former U.S. Senator and governor from the state of Nebraska as well as a Vietnam war hero has agreed to steer the Motion Picture Association of America.

Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey will takeover as MPAA chairman. U.S. Congressional Bioguide

A high-level film industry source confirmed a report in the blog, The Wrap. According to The Wrap, which broke the news, all the parties have agreed in principle but have yet to sign a deal.

There's little technology focus in Kerrey's background but his resume is impressive nonetheless. He is a former unsuccessful candidate for U.S. President (1992) and during his Vietnam service as a Navy Seal he won the Medal of Honor, that nation's highest military decoration. In 2001, Kerrey left the U.S. Senate to become president of the New School in New York.

Kerrey takes over an MPAA that is in a period of decline. DVD sales are falling and the film industry is casting about for ways to deal with online piracy and sweeping changes brought on by digital technology.

Correction, May 22 at 7 a.m. PDT: This story originally misspelled the former senator's name. It is Bob Kerrey.

 

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