Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) announced today that he will be succeeding Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-CA) as the Chair of the Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus after the end of the current term.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) will be assuming the role of the caucus' Vice Chair. The new leadership team officially takes the helm of the bipartisan caucus at the beginning of the next Congress in January.
The Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus was established in 2003 during the 108th Congress to engage Members of Congress on issues important to the entertainment industry. The Caucus recognizes the economic and cultural contribution of the entertainment sector, and the many challenges to the industry today, such as copyright protection, runaway production, and the development of new digital mediums. The Caucus serves as a forum to discuss and formulate innovative approaches to challenges confronting the entertainment industry.
"After establishing the congressional Entertainment Industry Caucus seven years ago, I am very proud of how far we have come. We made Congress more aware of the entertainment industry's concerns, educating our colleagues about how the businesses associated with this industry are impacted by legislation and the legislative process," said outgoing chair, Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-CA). "I am particularly proud of my staff member Dorinda White for taking the Caucus' work to new levels over the last three years."
During Congresswoman Watson's tenure, the Caucus drafted legislation to extend tax credits to the industry, helped facilitate charitable contributions abroad, and worked with our industry allies, such as James Cameron and Sony Pictures, to highlight how their creative productions intersect with the public policy debate.
"I am honored to follow Congresswoman Watson as the next Chair of the Entertainment Industries Caucus," said Congressman Brad Sherman. "The entertainment industry generates billions of dollars and millions of jobs, and the Caucus will remain dedicated to ensuring that continues to happen."
Congressman Sherman represents the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California, which is home to studios and music labels, as well as musicians, actors, and other entertainment industry employees. Sherman has been fighting to protect and enhance intellectual property rights. He also has been a consistent supporter of ensuring that musicians get the right to be paid for the radio performance of their work.
"I am honored to serve as Vice Chair of the Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus in the 112th Congress. As Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, protecting intellectual property and ensuring that it is safe from both international and domestic piracy has been one of my top priorities," said Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA). "I'm also hopeful that our mainstream media will continue to become more reflective of our nation's growing diversity. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that our entertainment industry remains as vibrant and successful as ever."
Congressman Sherman's Chief Counsel, Marc Berkman, will serve as point of contact on Entertainment Industry Caucus related issues.