Former PBS Chief Technology Officer John McCoskey has been hired by the MPAA as EVP and Chief Technology Officer and Alex Deacon has been appointed to the newly created position of SVP Internet Technology based in Silicon Valley. The additions announced this morning are part of the movie lobby group’s push to better work with the technology community to curb piracy. McCoskey, who reports to COO Diane Strahan, will be responsible for developing and executing the MPAA’s global technology policy in conjunction with advocacy, legal, communications, and content protection initiatives. Deacon, previously Chief Technologist at Neustar Media, will be headquartered in Silicon Valley to build and strengthen relationships with the tech community, focusing on industry leadership, collaboration and standards participation. He will report to McCoskey. “New technology has made it easier than ever to watch your favorite film or television show online, and our studios are relentlessly innovating to develop new options to increase consumer choice”, MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd said in a release announcing the hires. “John and Alex will be important voices at MPAA as our industry continues to work closely with the technology community to better serve our shared audience.”

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