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Vice President, Media Policy & Regulatory Counsel, Motion Picture Association

The Motion Picture Association is seeking a mid-level attorney to help the association and our member companies navigate emerging policy and regulatory issues affecting the creation and distribution of content, both in the US and around the world. Working under the direction of MPA’s Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Law & Policy and Senior Vice President, Global Policy and Federal Affairs, your primary mission will be to foster a policy and regulatory framework that supports a thriving motion picture and television industry, especially on the internet.

In this role, you will:

  • Identify, monitor, and analyze policy trends, news, and legislative and regulatory proposals that may affect the MPA’s members, especially with regard to the distribution of their content on the internet. Relevant subject matters include communications law, content regulation, consumer protection, privacy, antitrust, internet/network policy, and related fields. (Note: this is not a copyright-focused position.)
  • Draft written responses to requests for comments by government agencies including the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission.
  • Engage directly with policymakers in the executive and legislative branches, and at independent agencies, to advocate for MPA priorities. While this is not primarily a lobbying position, you will work closely with MPA and member company lobbyists and will meet directly with government officials as a subject-matter expert.
  • Provide subject-matter expertise to MPA and member-studio government affairs executives.
  • Develop strategies and forge consensus internally and among MPA’s member studios to address policy and regulatory issues as they arise.
  • Advise and collaborate with MPA staff in our regional offices on relevant issues.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • A J.D. and at least five years of relevant experience. We will consider candidates from a variety of sources, including law firms, government service (agencies, Congress, or executive branch), trade associations, think tanks, and corporations.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with communications law, content regulation, First Amendment, consumer protection, privacy, antitrust, internet/network policy, and related fields. Direct experience in the motion picture/television industry is not necessary; what we want is a smart lawyer familiar with the relevant legal issues who is willing to dig in and learn the business.
  • Excellent writing skills. Candidates who advance in the process will be required to submit a writing sample and may be required to participate in a writing exercise.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and ability to work well in groups, including by mediating among differing viewpoints and diplomatically forging consensus.
  • A passion for and curiosity about the motion picture and television industries and the policy and regulatory issues that shape its evolution as internet distribution takes on ever-increasing importance. You should be the kind of person who wants to learn everything you can about our industry and the government policies that affect it—who voraciously reads industry publications, legal filings, policy reports, and whatever else you can get your hands on.

Location: The ideal candidate will be located in the Washington, DC area, given the need to engage with government officials. Current MPA policy requires employees located in the Washington area to work in our offices downtown at least two days per week. However, we will consider exceptional candidates located beyond the Washington area, who may work remotely, with travel to Washington as needed.

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