Vice President, Technology Policy

24 Mar, 2019


Vice President, Technology Policy

Motion Picture Association of America
Washington, DC

Vice President, Technology Policy

Motion Picture Association of America Inc.

Washington, DC 20006

Under the direction of the Senior Vice President for Congressional and Regulatory Policy, the Vice President of Technology Policy will provide technological expertise to assist the Global Affairs department advocate before Congress, federal agencies, and other relevant organizations on issues affecting the studios’ ability to produce, protect, and distribute movie and television content in theaters; over broadcast, pay-tv, and internet services; across connected devices; and on fixed media. The Vice President will also serve as the Global Affairs liaison to the studios’ Chief Technology Officers.

  • Key Responsibilities

Assist in written and oral advocacy in favor of or opposition to proposed bills and regulations.

Keep the studio CTOs appraised of policy developments and the Global Affairs department and others at the MPAA appraised of technology developments, including organizing and setting agendas for conference calls and meetings between relevant studio and MPAA staff, both on a regular basis and as necessitated by particular events, as well as travelling regularly to Los Angeles to meet with studio representatives.

Represent the Global Affairs department at periodic conferences, domestically and abroad.

Analyze and participate in development of proposed technology policies, standards, protocols, and procedures at organizations such as the Internet Engineering Task Force, the World Wide Web Consortium, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Internet Society, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and the Internet Governance Forum.

Coordinate with MovieLabs—the studios’ technology joint venture—as well as other video-related associations and standards groups, such as those for broadcasters and cable operators.

Other relevant duties and projects as assigned.

Education and Experience


Bachelor of Science or advanced degree in computer science, information technology, electronics engineering or networking, or similar field of study.

At least four years of aggregate technology policy experience in Congress, a federal agency, a technology or video content company or association, a think tank, a public interest organization, or similar entity.

Highly Preferred

Advocacy experience before standards bodies, Congress, or a federal agency.

Understanding of the economics and business underlying the video content industry.

Familiarity dealing with legal issues and filings, especially as relates to copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Relationships with leading technology firms in and out of Silicon Valley.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Fluency with internet and video protocols (e.g., TCP/IP, TLS, AVC/HEVC, IPTV, DOCSIS, ATSC) and standards (e.g., SMPTE, MPEG, ITU), and the workings of leading organizations (e.g., CableLabs, CTA).

Familiarity with content protection; digital rights management (CAS/DRM); technological protection measures; distribution platforms (e.g., cable, satellite, terrestrial broadcast, OTT); forensic watermarking; geolocation methodologies; virtual private networks; the DMCA notice-and-takedown process; domestic and international trends in streaming- and peer-to-peer-based piracy; circumvention tools/techniques and encryption; and cybersecurity issues.

Ability to clearly and concisely explain—orally and in writing—complex technology issues for a non-technical audience, as well as complex policy, political, and legal issues for technology audiences.

Ability to organize and lead meetings and speak before large groups.

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Job posted: 2019-03-24