The following is a statement from Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., on the appointment of Wilbur Ross for Secretary of Commerce.
“The MPAA applauds the appointment by President-elect Donald Trump of Wilbur Ross Jr. for Secretary of Commerce. The film and television industry is one of America’s greatest exports and a key driver of the U.S. economy, supporting nearly two million jobs in all 50 states, more than $121 billion in wages, and $16.3 billion in exports. The Commerce Department plays a critical role in fostering vibrant creative industries through the International Trade Administration’s efforts to improve access to foreign markets, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s commitment to establishing and enforcing strong copyright protections, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s work to facilitate and expand legitimate digital trade. The MPAA looks forward to working with Mr. Ross and his Commerce Department colleagues.”