WASHINGTON, DC - Former Motion Picture Association of America President & CEO Jack Valenti will speak at the NAB Television All-Industry Luncheon sponsored by Microsoft Monday, April 24, during NAB2006 in Las Vegas.
Valenti, a legendary lobbyist responsible for creating both the movie and television rating systems, will discuss the role of the First Amendment in a free society. He will also provide a status report on a historic multi-industry effort by broadcasters, cable operators, satellite television providers and television set manufacturers to educate parents on easily usable tools to screen out programs deemed inappropriate for children.
After serving as head of MPAA for 38 years, Valenti stepped down in September 2004 and is currently senior consultant to the MPAA.
The Texas-born Valenti's career in Washington began in 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Valenti, who at the time ran an advertising agency in Houston, was asked by President Lyndon Johnson to serve as special assistant to the President.
Valenti served in the Johnson administration until 1966, when he accepted an offer to become the head of MPAA. Valenti has written four books and holds a B.A. from the University of Houston and an M.B.A. from Harvard. During his distinguished career, Valenti has been awarded France's coveted Legion d'Honneur, the French Legion of Honor. In addition, Valenti has been awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
NAB2006 will take place April 22 - 27, 2006 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 24). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all media. Complete NAB2006 details are available at www.nabshow.com.
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.