Entertainment industry representatives issued this statement tonight following meetings with the White House Task Force on Gun Violence:
“The entertainment community appreciates being included in the dialogue around the Administration’s efforts to confront the complex challenge of gun violence in America. This industry has a longstanding commitment to provide parents the tools necessary to make the right viewing decisions for their families. We welcome the opportunity to share that history and look forward to doing our part to seek meaningful solutions.”
In addition to Motion Picture Association of America Chairman/CEO Chris Dodd, participants included the Directors Guild of America, Independent Film & Television Alliance, Motion Picture Association of America, National Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Theatre Owners, and National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
The industry’s joint statement came after a two and a half hour meeting at the White House between representatives of the entertainment industry and Vice-President Joe Biden. The meeting was one of several the VP has had as part of his gun safety task force formed in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shooting. Biden said earlier Thursday that he intends to submit his recommendations to President Obama by January 15. Joining Dodd at the White House today was Comcast EVP David L. Cohen, DGA Executive Director Jay Roth, Independent Film & Television Alliance President/CEO Jean Prewitt, NAB CEO Gordon Smith, NATO President John Fithian, along with representatives from Branded Entertainment and the NCTA.