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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 ...


 

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