Christopher Dodd

New MPAA chief Charles Rivkin aims to be a diplomat for Hollywood at an uncertain time

New MPAA chief Charles Rivkin aims to be a diplomat for Hollywood at an uncertain time

Upon arriving in Paris as the new U.S. ambassador to France and Monaco in 2009, Charles Rivkin used his show business pedigree to charm President Nicolas Sarkozy with a gift: a framed poster of Rita Hayworth.

It was a smooth move for Rivkin, whom President Obama chose for the role after a 20-year career in the entertainment industry, including stints at Jim Henson Co. and “Yo Gabba Gabba” producer WildBrain.

“I witnessed first-hand the impact entertainment has on the planet,” Rivkin, 55, said of his time in the Foreign Service. “It's a shining beacon of what our country stands for.”

Rivkin’s diplomatic skills are about to be put to their biggest test yet as he takes...

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