MBA Student Named Officer at Motion Picture Association of America

January 28, 2011 Paul Brigner

Paul Brigner, a student in the MBA Evening Program at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, recently was named senior vice president and chief technology policy officer at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in Washington. As the first person to hold this role for the organization, Brigner will serve as the lead executive on technology issues impacting the protection of intellectual property. He also will be directly involved in work on industry-wide content standards and will enable consumers to easily access content in the digital age.

“Paul’s depth and breadth of experience will be crucial as he helps steer our members through a rapidly changing technological landscape. With his counsel, we will continue to strike a balance between protecting the intellectual property rights of our members and our continuing desire to provide fans around the world with the content they enjoy in the format of their choice. We are delighted that Paul has joined our team,” said MPAA CEO Bob Pisano.

The MPAA is the lobbying organization for the six largest movie studios, Brigner will work with these studios and technology companies to see what products are being made, whether an industry standard is needed, and how to ensure the changes do not create pathways for pirated movies.

Brigner most recently served as executive director of internet and technology policy for Verizon where he held several senior management positions since he began his tenure in 2001. Prior to his work at Verizon, Brigner held senior positions as chief software architect and senior consultant for technology companies Digital Focus and Cambridge Technology Partners. He also developed online systems for several notable companies in the energy sector.