MPAA head Dan Glickman plans to retire next year

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Dan Glickman, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), makes remarks during a National Press Club Luncheon on April 28, 2008 in Washington, DC.

The top lobbyist for the film and television industry plans to retire next year. Dan Glickman has led the Motion Picture Association of America for five years.

Glickman was hardly an entertainment industry insider when he took over as the MPAA boss after Jack Valenti retired five years ago. But Valenti’s background was Washington politics – and that’s what the Hollywood studios look for in an MPAA president.

Glickman had the same resume, if not the bravado and showmanship of his predecessor. He’d served 18 years in Congress from Kansas, and as secretary of agriculture under President Clinton.

Glickman told the Web site that he plans to step down when his contract expires next September. He figures he’ll wind up in the non-profit world or in academia.

Politico reports that reviews of Glickman’s performance have been mixed. The Washington Web site says the list of Glickman’s possible successors include former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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