Dan Glickman told Politico.com he’ll exit when his contract ends after serving as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America for the past five years. “My guess is that I’ll end up in the nonprofit or academic world,” Glickman says even though there’s been talk he might make a U.S. Senate run as a Democrat from Kansas. “People who know me know I’ve had these great extracurricular interests that have been very significant in driving me.” I’ve previously reported how there’s been a lot of dissatisfaction with Glickman among Hollywood CEOs who only agreed to extend tthe lobbyist’s contract for another 18 months back in March. “The unhappiness focuses on the fact he’s a bad and boring speaker who has not repped the movie business well in Washington,” my source told me back then. The moguls in particular blame him for not being able to keep those $246M in tax breaks for studios and filmmakers intact within the economic stimulus package. The thinking is that Glickman, a Democrat like Jack Valenti (although that’s where the comparison ends), got outmaneuvered by Republican lawmakers. That’s why I wouldn’t be surprised if the MPAA looks for a GOP lobbyist this time around. But Politico suggests possible names include Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., Universal Music lobbyist Matt Gerson, Rep. Howard Berman, Richard Bates of Disney, MPAA COO Bob Pisano, and federal affairs chief Michael O’Leary.
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