MPAA's Dodd to Chair Free Speech Week Advisory Council

Will Help Plan Annual Celebration of First Amendment Freedoms

Motion Picture Association of America chairman and former Sen. Chris Dodd has been named chair of the 2013 Advisory Council for Free Speech week, held Oct. 21-27.

Free Speech week is an annual celebration that features events, discussions and editorial promoting the First Amendment.

"The motion picture and television industry has always and will continue to be at the forefront of advancing free expression and encouraging creativity and innovation through The First Amendment," said Dodd in a statement. "[W]e welcome this opportunity to celebrate our steadfast commitment to these important principles." 

Other members of the council are Sen. Gordon Smith, president of the National Association of Broadcasters; Michael Powell, president, National Cable and Telecommunications Association; Caroline Little, president, Newspaper Association of America; Bob Pittman, chairman, Clear Channel; Cary Sherman, chairman, Recording Industry Association of America; Gary Shapiro, president, Consumer Electronics Association; Walter McCormick, president, USTelecom; and Mindy Hutchison, executive director, National Press Photographers Association.

The Media Institute, of which MPAA is a member, has been instrumental in Free Speech Week.