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Bob Kerrey Ends Negotiations for MPAA CEO Position

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 29, 2010 at 7:57AM

As of today, former U.S Senator Bob Kerrey is no longer in negotiations to take over the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), even though he suggested to Don Imus just two weeks ago that he was in final stages of negotiating.
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As of today, former U.S Senator Bob Kerrey is no longer in negotiations to take over the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), even though he suggested to Don Imus just two weeks ago that he was in final stages of negotiating.

According to The Wrap, the MPAA does not have a backup plan: Kerrey was the only one being considered for the $1.3 million per annum job that has been vacant since Dan Glickman resigned in January. The Wrap notes that a mutually agreeable start date could not be determined, and Kerrey was reluctant to give his notice as The New School's president.

Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford had also been considered for the MPAA position, but he did not pursue it. Thus the search will continue. For now, Bob Pisano, MPAA President and COO, will serve as CEO. It's a tough job to fill.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.