Bob Pisano, the interim head of the Motion Picture Association of America who among other things waged a successful lobbying effort against two proponents of futures trading which amounted to betting on box office results, has announced his departure. Here is the announcement:
LOS ANGELES – Bob Pisano today announced that he is stepping down as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), effective September 30. Pisano has held the position since 2005, and served as interim CEO from January 2010 through March 2011, when Senator Chris Dodd was named CEO and Chairman.
Commenting on Pisano’s decision, Senator Dodd said, “During his tenure at the MPAA, Bob has been a strong leader of the organization and a powerful voice for the motion picture industry. He has helped guide the MPAA’s worldwide operations at a time of extraordinary technological change and in the face of growing threats to our members’ intellectual property that has been enabled by that change.
“Bob’s extensive ties to the entertainment community, both as a leading studio executive and as the leader of Hollywood’s largest labor union, have helped him forge new industry partnerships and have raised the profile of the MPAA’s programs both in the United States and abroad.”
In an e-mail to the MPAA staff announcing his decision, Pisano said, “During the time I’ve worked at MPAA, I’ve been essentially a transcontinental commuter. Since the beginning of last year, alone, I’ve made 25 trips to our DC headquarters. Though I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to help lead the organization, I’m also increasingly conscious of the fact that I’ve reached that moment in life when quality time with one’s family is an increasingly precious gift…I am delighted that Chris has asked me to act as an advisor after my official departure date, and I have told him I’m willing to help in any way that I can.”
Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Studio, said, “Bob is a thoughtful, strategic leader and a great friend. Under his guidance, the MPAA made great strides in advancing issues important to the studios and the industry as a whole. His day-to-day leadership will be missed, but luckily we’ll still be able to call upon his expertise in his role as an advisor. I wish him well in this new chapter in his life.”
“Bob has been a friend, a colleague, and a guiding force in our industry for over 25 years. He’s made a tremendous contribution in his role at the MPAA, as he has throughout his career. I’m pleased that we will continue to have his insights in his new capacity,” said Jim Gianopulos, Co-Chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment.
Prior to joining the MPAA, Pisano served for four years as National Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Between 1993 and 1999 he served as Executive Vice President, then as Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). During the six years preceding his work at MGM, Bob was Executive Vice President and General Counsel in the Office of the Chairman at Paramount Pictures.
Before embarking on his career in the motion picture industry, Bob practiced law in the Los Angeles and Paris offices of O’Melveny & Myers.