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Supporting Creators From Script to Screen

We are the leading advocate of the film, television, and streaming industry around the world.

The EMEA office of the MPA, based in Brussels, was opened in 1995. It represents the interests of the motion picture, television, and streaming industry in an incredibly diverse market.


The Brussels office’s principal areas of activity include: work on legislative and regulatory issues at the European and national levels; development and implementation of content protection strategies; collaboration with other rights holder groups to promote intellectual property rights; and issues related to collective management agreements.

Our members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Netflix Studios, LLC, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Universal City Studios LLC, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.



Charles H. Rivkin, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Charles H. Rivkin is Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association (MPA), the leading advocate of the global film, television, and streaming industry. The MPA’s members currently include Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. Discovery. Drawing on 30 years of experience as a media executive and a leading U.S. diplomat, Rivkin advocates

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In 1922, motion picture studios formed the organization now known as the Motion Picture Association to protect and support the nascent film industry. Since that time, the MPA has served as the voice and advocate of the film and television industry around the world, advancing the business and art of storytelling, protecting the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and bringing entertainment and inspiration to audiences worldwide.


The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) is founded and led by William Hays. A regulatory system, known as the Hays code, is developed to ensure the absence of “offensive material” and prevent government interference in filmmaking.


The organization changes its name to The Motion Picture Association of America, reflecting increased popularity of american films overseas.


Alongside the progress of the civil rights, women’s rights, and labor movements, the film industry sought artistic freedoms and the removal of Hays Code’s strict limits on certain content. In response, then-MPA president Jack Valenti creates the film rating system we use today.


The MPA establishes the Film Security Office to work closely with law enforcement officials and stem the growing threat of film piracy, which was estimated to cost the industry more than $100 million a year at the time.


The EMEA office of the MPA opened in Brussels. It represents the interests of the motion picture and television industry in legislative and regulatory issues at the European and National levels.


Facing increasing challenges from online content theft, the MPA, under CEO Dan Glickman, bolsters its global content protection team and successfully advocates for the Pro-IP Act, the first U.S. anti-piracy law enacted in the 21st Century.


Like-minded organisations, federations and associations from the European cultural and creative sectors have form Creativity Works!,with the objective to kick-start an open and informed dialogue with EU policy-makers about the economic and cultural contribution made by creators and the cultural and creative sectors in the digital age.


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The MPA joins dozens of entertainment companies to launch the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), a global coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal market and reducing online piracy.


Under CEO Charles Rivkin, the MPA is championing the growing diversity of filmmakers, safeguarding intellectual property rights, advancing technological innovation, and supporting trade policies that can further expand the global film and TV marketplace.



The MPA works globally to advance public policies that support creators, protect content, and foster a thriving creative economy. Our operations include:

We Do

Humans tell stories—it’s what we do.

Today, the stories that define our lives and shape our world are brought to life by the global creative community, including the creators and artists working in European film and television. The MPA fosters this economic and cultural enterprise by advocating for policies that recognize the power of our stories, reward creators, and allow us to produce, distribute, and protect the creative content audiences love.

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