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Jack Valenti (born September 5, 1921) was "special assistant" to Lyndon Johnson's White House. In 1966, he resigned and became the president of the Motion Picture Association of America. He is generally regarded as one of the most influential pro-copyright lobbyists in the world.



In 2003, found himself at the center of the so-called screener debate, as the MPAA barred studios and many independent producers from sending screener copies of their films to critics and voters in various awards shows. Under mounting industry pressure, conceded a small victory to pro- screener forces to allow screeners to be sent out to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voting members only (and only on condition that voters sign an extensive contract agreeing to not distrubute their copy), leading to further outcry from film critics, producers, non-voting Academy members (legendary agent Ed Limato resigned his Academy membership over the issue) and other awards.

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Past pioneer of the year honorees include Dick Cook, Cecil B. DeMille, Michael D. Eisner, Jim Gianopulos, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Donna Langley, Sherry Lansing, Frank G. Mancuso, Sumner Redstone, Terry Semel, Tom Sherak, Jack Valenti, Jack Warner, Darryl F. Zanuck, and ...
Past pioneer of the year honorees include Dick Cook, Cecil B. DeMille, Michael D. Eisner, Jim Gianopulos, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Donna Langley, Sherry Lansing, Frank G. Mancuso, Sumner Redstone, Terry Semel, Tom Sherak, Jack Valenti, Jack Warner, Darryl F. Zanuck, and ...

Of course, Jack [Valenti] founded the rating system. And thanks to his vision, we have built a foundation of trust between parents and our industry over half a century." Earlier this year, President Donald Trump mentioned the ratings system in reference to media violence following the tragic Parkland, Florida, ...
Johnson was riding in the back with three aides: Richard Goodwin, Jack Valenti and Horace Busby. Caro acknowledged pressing the three men, to the point of angering them, for details. "What did you see?" he kept asking. And what, if anything, did Johnson say during the ride? They rode in silence, the ...
Senior middle blocker and captain Jack Valenti is OPRF's top returnee. In 2017, Valenti recorded 163 kills, 65 blocks, and 26 aces and will take on an increased leadership role, along with fellow seniors Mike Milad and Ben Taubman. Milad, a defensive specialist, had 101 digs, 22 assists, and four aces last ...
Hollywood has struggled to cast the right person as its cheerleader in chief since 2004, when Jack Valenti retired after 38 years. Mr. Valenti, who worked in the White House for Lyndon B. Johnson, was larger than life. He picked fights, lionized the studio chiefs and fended off lawmakers' efforts to limit sex ...

Johnson, former aide Jack Valenti complained, had become “a non-person, expunged from the Democratic Party with the same kind of scouring effectiveness that Marxist revisionists use to rewrite Communist history.” As a final petty insult, the managers of the convention made sure Johnson's picture was ...
Senior Jack Valenti also contributed with three kills, three block assists and one solo block for OPRF (1-0). Fenwick boys volleyball. The Friars lost their home opener against Brother Rice 13-25, 25-23, 13-15 on March 22. Jack Kenny had eight kills and Kevin Johnson dished out 12 assists to lead the Friars' ...
Bill Moyers, George Reedy, Jack Valenti, Joe Califano, Harry McPherson, Walter Jenkins and the other staff comprised LBJ's inner circle. Along with a network of New Deal Era friends like Jim Rowe, Clark Clifford and Abe Fortas, LBJ had a core of dedicated and pragmatic friends and staffers who were not ...
He's an expert on the M.P.A.A. after 1968, the year longtime M.P.A.A. president Jack Valenti created the first version of the organization's current ratings system. Instead, these ratings “are, by design, subjective,” Lewis says, which allows the group “to anticipate what other parents might think. They're also ...
MPAA topper Jack Valenti later told Variety that winners have a right to speak out, but in general “politics should be kept out of the Academy ceremony.” For many years, AMPAS did manage to keep a separation between politics and awards. When there were disputes, they were silent and related to industry ...
History buffs will love the Washington, DC house known for the influential Washington insiders who have called it home that has come to market for $1,325,000. Neighbors fondly recall the parties consummate Washington insider Jack Valenti threw at 2838 Arizona Avenue. Valenti, a close personal friend of ...
The Italian-American actor will receive the festival's lifetime achievement award as well as one of Italy's highest civic honors. Actor and producer Danny DeVito will be doubly honored at the closing ceremony of the L.A. Italia Fest on March 2. He will be the recipient of the Jack Valenti Los Angeles, Italia ...
LBJ's towering political skills and his ambitious slate of liberal legislation are the stuff of legend: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, and environmental reform. But what happened after the bills passed? One man could not and did not go it alone.
At the board's recent meeting, Jack Valenti was chosen as one of two Pride and Promise award recipients for being a “bright spot” in his classroom. Valenti, a seventh-grade student, was chosen for the award by his teacher, Roni Lynn Antuono, because of his gentle spirit, hard work and consideration of ...
(Viking, $30.) The inner workings of the White House, with its war room intensity, never ceases to capture readers' attention. Zeitz delves here into Lyndon B. Johnson's administration, capturing both the atmosphere and the advisers (Bill Moyers and Jack Valenti, among others) who made Johnson's vision a ...
The TV system was loosely based on the much older movie rating system, as late MPAA head Jack Valenti oversaw the birth of both systems. Film ratings continue to stir controversy and charges of censorship, but TV ratings are self-regulated by the industry. Meanwhile, according to Hastings, other ...

His grandfather on his mother's side became a tailor, who ended up cutting suits for Jack Valenti and later President Lyndon B. Johnson. Garcetti's father, Gil Garcetti, did not run for county district attorney until Garcetti was in college. The elder Garcetti noted that the family moved from their 3-bedroom house ...
His grandfather on his mother's side became a tailor, who ended up cutting suits for Jack Valenti and later President Lyndon B. Johnson. Garcetti's father, Gil Garcetti, did not run for county district attorney until Garcetti was in college. The elder Garcetti noted that the family moved from their 3-bedroom house ...
... the film in the coming months with his frequent collaborators Ernie Mannix (music composer) and editor Alexander Yew. “Sarah Q” is a production of Goddess Girl Films. HONOR UNVEILED. Actor-producer-director Danny DeVito has been named the recipient of the 2018 Jack Valenti — Los Angeles Italia ...
LBJ's towering political skills and his ambitious slate of liberal legislation are the stuff of legend: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, and environmental reform. But what happened after the bills passed? One man could not and did not go it alone.
At the board's recent meeting, Jack Valenti was chosen as one of two Pride and Promise award recipients for being a “bright spot” in his classroom. Valenti, a seventh-grade student, was chosen for the award by his teacher, Roni Lynn Antuono, because of his gentle spirit, hard work and consideration of ...
My esteemed predecessor Jack Valenti once said, “There isn't anything in the world that can't be made better.” We must better protect IP. We must ensure it is treated as the powerful tool of progress and creativity that it is. We must be better storytellers and advocates for IP. This is my mission. This is our ...
(Viking, $30.) The inner workings of the White House, with its war room intensity, never ceases to capture readers' attention. Zeitz delves here into Lyndon B. Johnson's administration, capturing both the atmosphere and the advisers (Bill Moyers and Jack Valenti, among others) who made Johnson's vision a ...
He referred to the previous philosophy postdoc, Stephen Ogden. Senior and philosophy major Jack Valenti feels that the donation validates students who major in philosophy. “The donation destroys the stereotype that you can't do anything with a philosophy major and that it isn't helpful at all,” Valenti said.
Everyone can conjure up the famous photograph of a stone-faced Johnson being inaugurated on Air Force One; also depicted in the photo are Jack Valenti and Bill Moyers, two of the men who would go on to be among LBJ's most influential aides. The pair were part of what Zeitz calls "an ad hoc staff that ...
On the evening of November 22, 1963, from his bedroom at the Elms—the Johnson family's stately home in Northwest Washington, D.C.—he told aides Bill Moyers and Jack Valenti, “You know, when I went into that office tonight and they came in and started briefing me on what I have to do, do you realize ...
The Captain of the "cruise" ship Vengeance Tom Butterworth (played by Jack Valenti, 8th grade) has run the ship aground. The passengers and crew include cruise director Arlene Zane, (played by Maria Gerding, 8th grade), pretentious Mrs. Withers (played by Gabrielle McGreevy, 8th grade), and celebrity ...
In 1968, newly elected MPAA president Jack Valenti acknowledged the code had, “the odious smell of censorship” and abandoned it for a new rating system (a version of which we still use today). The move ushered in a new era of American cinema, generating some of our most iconic films: The Godfather, ...
... most famously the early Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie. The law was controversial at the time—though it didn't go as far as copyright supporters like the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) then-president, Jack Valenti, hoped for—and still receives frequent criticism for preventing the ...
Zeitz focuses on the role of the president's inner circle — Bill Moyers, Jack Valenti, Horace Busby, Walter Jenkins, Harry McPherson, Joseph Califano, George Reedy, Douglas Cater, Richard Goodwin and R. Sargent Shriver. “One of the finest White House staffs in modern history,” this mingling of Boston ...
As the Times also reported, Kelly not only monitors Trump's phone calls but sometimes listens in. I finished the article no longer thinking of Napoleon in exile but of Jack Valenti, Lyndon Johnson's aide, who said he slept better at night "because Lyndon Johnson is my president." It's a wonder Kelly sleeps at ...
In the end, the Soviet people never had the opportunity to form an opinion about Brown's film. When notified by Moscow just days before the 1967 festival that the U.S. would only be allowed to enter one documentary, not two, Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America and chairman ...
In August, Donald Trump asked for a certain newspaper clipping, thus throwing the White House went into the Trump version of DEFCON 2. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly dispatched two aides to investigate how the clipping had gotten to the president without being “cleared.” These aides, anonymous but ...
In August, Donald Trump asked for a certain newspaper clipping, thus throwing the White House into the Trump version of DEFCON 2. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly dispatched two aides to investigate how the clipping had gotten to the president without being "cleared." These aides, anonymous but clearly ...
NEW YORK – In August, Donald Trump asked for a certain newspaper clipping, thus throwing the White House into the Trump version of DEFCON 2. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly dispatched two aides to investigate how the clipping had gotten to the president without being “cleared.” These aides, anonymous ...
He recalls meeting JFK and his family, President Lyndon B. Johnson, and many other staff members including Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, speechwriter and Nebraska native Ted Sorensen, and LBJ's assistant Jack Valenti. He said he met JFK once, and when he passed him in the White House hall, ...
RIVKIN ON THE RECORD: Charles Rivkin, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, chatted with The Hollywood Reporter's Pamela McClintock. Does Rivkin plan to continue the “soirees that brought together lawmakers and entertainers” that Jack Valenti, the legendary former chairman and ...
Since Jack Valenti retired as MPAA chairman and CEO in 2004 after a four-decade rule, no one has been able to quite fill his shoes. But in April, Charles Rivkin, 55, was named to the top job, and, unlike his two immediate predecessors — former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and former Sen.
... and informed and passionate, and please know that every last communication—even the ones wishing me incurable athlete's foot—are read. Think of this as a sincere invitation to belly up to the bar in '18 and we'll do it again. So, the votes have been certified by PricewaterhouseCooper and Jack Valenti.
The Trump administration will today permit the release of tens of thousands of documents relating to the assassination of John F Kennedy. Set in motion by George H W Bush in 1992, the act declares that previously sealed documents relating to the murder should be released on October 26, 2017, unless ...
Among the secondary characters in the film is Jack Valenti (Darrel Guilbeau), who was a liaison to the press on that fateful day in Dallas, later became Johnson's special assistant and went on to head the MPAA for moer than 35 years. Although the film is being released nationwide on Nov. 3rd by Electric ...
Valenti has deep entertainment industry ties and is the daughter of the late MPAA president Jack Valenti. At Warner Bros., Valenti was intimately involved in the Harry Potter franchise, including the recent “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” She also helped guide studio's animation offerings, with a ...
CASELLA: (As Jack Valenti) Why are you doing this, Mrs. Kennedy? PORTMAN: (As Jackie Kennedy) I'm just doing my job. EDELSTEIN: Jackie's insistence on having that funeral procession is the movie's dramatic linchpin and the source of her triumph over condescending men who'd have her ride instead ...
The no-talent, so-called celebrities are constantly posing almost naked in front of cameras, creating arousal in any normal male. What we need is another Jack Valenti, who was a censor in the old days and nothing got by him. Not nudity, not suggestive language, not suggestive TV without a heavy fine.
He recalls meeting JFK and his family, President Lyndon B. Johnson, and many other staff members including Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, speechwriter and Nebraska native Ted Sorensen, and LBJ's assistant Jack Valenti. He said he met JFK once, and when he passed him in the White House hall, ...
RIVKIN ON THE RECORD: Charles Rivkin, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, chatted with The Hollywood Reporter's Pamela McClintock. Does Rivkin plan to continue the “soirees that brought together lawmakers and entertainers” that Jack Valenti, the legendary former chairman and ...
Since Jack Valenti retired as MPAA chairman and CEO in 2004 after a four-decade rule, no one has been able to quite fill his shoes. But in April, Charles Rivkin, 55, was named to the top job, and, unlike his two immediate predecessors — former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and former Sen.
... and informed and passionate, and please know that every last communication—even the ones wishing me incurable athlete's foot—are read. Think of this as a sincere invitation to belly up to the bar in '18 and we'll do it again. So, the votes have been certified by PricewaterhouseCooper and Jack Valenti.
The job of being head of the MPAA, which represents the six big Hollywood studios, has changed greatly since the era of Jack Valenti, when ...


 

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