Washington, D.C. — The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced it has named Paul Brigner as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Policy Officer, a new role for the Association. As the principal technologist and technology policy strategist for the MPAA, Brigner will serve as the lead executive on technology issues impacting the protection of intellectual property. He will also be directly involved in work on industry-wide content standards that will enable consumers to easily access content in the digital age. Brigner will report to President and Interim CEO Bob Pisano, and will be based in Washington, D.C. He will assume his new role on January 10.

“Paul’s depth and breadth of experience will be crucial as he helps steer our members through a rapidly changing technological landscape. With his counsel, we will continue to strike a balance between protecting the intellectual property rights of our members and our continuing desire to provide fans around the world with the content they enjoy in the format of their choice. We are delighted that Paul has joined our team,” said Pisano.

Brigner most recently served as Executive Director, Internet and Technology Policy for Verizon where he held several senior management positions since he began his tenure in 2001. Prior to his service at Verizon, Brigner held senior positions as chief software architect and senior consultant for technology companies Digital Focus and Cambridge Technology Partners. He also developed online systems for several notable companies in the energy sector.

Brigner holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and is finishing an MBA at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is a graduate summa cum laude of Stephen F. Austin State University where he received the Outstanding Computer Science Graduate Award and The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. Brigner also served in the United States Army where he attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School and was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy.