MPAA's Dodd Taps Strahan for COO Post

Motion Picture Association of America president Chris Dodd has named Diane Strahan, an exec with plenty of Internet experience, to be chief operating officer of the association.

Strahan comes from Neustar, where she had been senior VP and GM of mobile and Internet registry services, responsible for the company's domain name services. Her resume also includes AIL, CareerBuilder and MCI.

Strahan will oversee staff and operations and help with strategic direction.

"Technology, innovation, industry alliances and audience engagement play increasingly important roles as the motion picture and television industry continues to advance into a new era," said Dodd. "Diane's leadership talent will be a major asset for the MPAA and the studios we represent."

As the battle in D.C. over antipiracy legislation in the last Congress highlighted, the Internet is an increasingly important distribution outlet for content.

"Throughout my career, I've contributed to global enterprises as well as start-ups in the converging world of digital technology, content and communications," Strahan said in a statement. "The MPAA is at the center of this convergence and I look forward to helping advance the common interests of the film and tech industries so consumers can benefit from a richer and more seamless entertainment experience."

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.