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As the Crowe Flies

October 23, 2019

Grand Reopening

Back in D.C. after two weeks of the House and Senate in recess, I was pleased to attend The Motion Picture Association’s opening night reception to celebrate their return to 1600 Eye Street. The MPA’s global headquarters got a new facade and rooftop terrace in a renovation that took several years. This modernization of the late-60s, Brutalist-style structure also included more energy efficient windows, which provide views of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and the White House.

Ambassador Charles Rivkin is the chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, and he was kind enough to invite me to the cocktail reception. The MPA is the voice of the film and television industry and its members are Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Netflix, Inc.; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Interestingly, Ambassador Rivkin is responsible for the movie ratings system, which has been in effect for 50 years! There was a great, lively crowd, including members of Congress, at the reception, and all were glad to have this important group back in its beautiful home.

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