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President Obama Held A Pretty Important Meeting With Top Entertainment Execs


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President Obama held a closed-door meeting with top Hollywood brass on Tuesday, a who’s-who of executives representing all six major movie studios and each of the broadcast TV networks — plus the MPAA, Lionsgate and host DreamWorks Animation.

“The President discussed the impact that broader economic conditions has on the industry. He also touched on piracy and intellectual property rights, which are chief concerns of participating film industry leaders,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest toldTheWrap.

Of the eight companies represented, The Walt Disney Co. and NBCUniversal were the only ones with three in the private meeting.

An industry source described the gathering as productive, saying it focused on the global and domestic economic impact of American entertainment.

See photos: President Barack Obama Speaks at DreamWorks

Though no one from the tech sector’s exploding content-creation engine was at the meeting (Obama dined with Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos the night before), the President expressed a continued commitment to being a constructive voice in the conversation between the tech and the entertainment industries, including their shared interests and goals.

There was also discussion of the importance of free trade and the positive trade balance generated by the industry, and the Obama administration’s continued leadership and support for negotiating a meaningful Trans Pacific Partnership treaty.

Also read: President Obama Embraces Hollywood in Public – Finally

Attendees at Tuesday’s meeting, by company:

The Walt Disney Co.
Chairman-CEO Bob Iger
Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn
Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney

Vice Chairman Ron Meyer
Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt

Sony Entertainment
CEO Michael Lynton
Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Amy Pascal

Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos
Fox Networks Group Chairman-CEO Peter Rice

Paramount Pictures Vice Chairman Rob Moore
CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves

Dreamworks Animation
Chairman-CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg
Chairman Mellody Hobson

Warner Bros.
CEO Kevin Tsujihara

Lionsgate Entertainment
CEO Jon Feltheimer

Chairman-CEO Chris Dodd

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