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New MPAA Chief Makes First Speech At CinemaCon

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At the National Association of Theatre Owners' CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, Christopher Dodd, the former Democratic senator from Connecticut, is addressing attendees today in his first public comments since taking over as chairman and CEO of the MPAA nine days ago, reports Deadline.

He reportedly covered requisite topics like exhibition, intellectual property theft and international growth with an eye on China. He further suggested his political experience will be an asset in the new post:

After three decades in Congress, I have some idea how to attract the attention of a Congressman or Senator. When you return to your states, invite your local governor, state legislator, congressman and senator to your theater and fill it with those who work with you along with video store employees and their families. Tell them about the importance of these issues to you and to your communities. If you become that educator, you will leave a lasting and indelible impression on those who will make decisions about your future.

CinemaCon running time = Through Thursday at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.