Jay D. Roth
National Executive Director, Directors Guild of America
As National Executive Director of the DGA, Jay D. Roth is responsible for the daily management and oversight of all the Guild’s activities, services, and operations, for the 16,500 DGA members who work in film, television, commercials, documentaries, news, sports, new media and other audiovisual genres, and live both in the United States and abroad. Prior to his position at the DGA, he was Managing Partner at Taylor, Roth, Bush & Geffner, where he spent 25 years representing the entertainment industry guilds and labor organizations. Mr. Roth has been involved in the Franco-American Cultural Fund since its inception, first as the lawyer who represented and negotiated the creation of the Fund on behalf of the DGA and WGAW, and then as a founding DGA Board Member. In 2009, President Sarkozy of France named Mr. Roth a recipient of the French Legion of Honor.
In addition to helming the iconic feature hits, An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Against All Odds (1984), Ray (2004), and the cult thriller The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Taylor Hackford has directed the films Dolores Claiborne (1995), Everybody’s All American (1988), and Proof of Life (2000). Taylor developed and produced La Bamba, the most successful Latin-themed feature film in history. Mr. Hackford has been an active member of the Directors Guild of America for over 40 years, including twice as elected President of the DGA, beginning in 2009.
MPA President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle-East and Africa, FACF Board Member
Stan McCoy is the President and Managing Director of the region encompassing Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) for the Motion Picture Association (MPA). As a specialist in intellectual property and innovation policy, Stan’s key responsibility is to work with partners across the region to promote policies and enforcement practices that help the region to enjoy the jobs, growth, and cultural dividends of a vibrant creative sector. Stan joined the MPA in April 2014 as Senior Vice President & Regional Policy Director following over a decade of government service. He became President and Managing Director on 1 January 2015.
CEO Sacem, President of FACF
A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the ESSEC business school, Jean-Noël Tronc worked for the European Parliament, Andersen Consulting and France’s Centre for Strategic Planning before being appointed IT and Internet Advisor to France’s Prime Minister from 1997 to 2002. After five years with France Telecom/Orange (2002-2007), in charge of the brand’s strategy before becoming CEO of Orange France, he spent three years as Chairman and CEO of Canal+ Overseas, which runs the Canal+ Group’s pay-TV business in French overseas territories and internationally, before joining SACEM as CEO in June 2012. He is also Vice-President of GESAC (European association of authors’ societies).
Matters pertaining to the management of the repertoire, rights distribution, and services to members are the responsibility of Louis Diringer. A graduate of the Institut de Musicologie (advanced studies) and Strasbourg Law School (commercial law), Louis Diringer joined SACEM in 1980. He has worked in two of the society’s major operational sections: firstly, in rights collection – as a regional delegate and then Head of the Licences Department; and secondly, from 1995 to 2012, in authors’ rights distribution – as Director of the Documentation and Distribution Department.
Howard A. Rodman
Screenwriter, Vice President Writers Guild of America, West
Howard A. Rodman is a screenwriter, novelist, and educator. He is the Vice President of the Writers Guild of America, West; professor and former chair of the writing division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts; an artistic director of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs; a member of the executive committee of the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. His films include SAVAGE GRACE, starring Julianne Moore, – official selection Cannes Film Festival in 2007 – and AUGUST, with Josh Hartnett, Rip Torn, and David Bowie.
As a director, screenwriter, and producer, four-time Academy Award© nominee Michael Mann has established himself as one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers in American cinema. After writing and directing the Primetime Emmy Award-winning television movie The Jericho Mile (1979), Mann made his feature-film directorial debut with Thief (1981), followed by executive producing the television series Miami Vice (1984). He went on to direct Manhunter (1986), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Heat (1995), and The Insider (1999), Ali (2001), Collateral (2004), a film adaptation of Miami Vice (2006), Public Enemies (2009), and most recently, Blackhat (2015).
As a producer, Mann’s work includes Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004), Hancock (2008), Texas Killing Fields (2011), and the HBO series Luck (2011) and Witness (2012). He has been a member of the DGA since 1977, and currently sits on the DGA’s National Board.
Andrea Berloff is the co-writer of Universal’s hit STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, for which she was nominated for numerous honors, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In addition, she is the writer of WORLD TRADE CENTER, which was directed by Oliver Stone and released in 2006 by Paramount, as well as SLEEPLESS NIGHT, which was directed by Baran bo Odar, stars Jamie Foxx, and will be released in 2016 by Open Road. She has written and developed screenplays and pilots at all of the major studios and currently she is developing DANGEROUS ODDS for Margot Robbie and Warner Bros. She is honored to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Franco American Cultural Fund as well as the Writers Guild of America West.
Chairman and CEO of the MPAA /FACF Board Member
Charles H. Rivkin is Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). He leads the MPAA’s global mission to advance and support the film, television, and streaming content industry. The MPAA’s members currently include; Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros.
Drawing on almost 30 years of experience as a media executive and a leading U.S. diplomat, Rivkin advocates for policies that drive investment in film and television production, protect creative content, and open markets. He champions the economic and cultural power of film and television to communities around the world.
As chief executive, Rivkin is also responsible for the MPAA’s iconic movie ratings system, which has served parents and moviegoers for more than 50 years.
In 2018, Rivkin was appointed to the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN). Prior to joining the MPAA, Rivkin served for more than seven years at the highest levels of the U.S. government’s diplomatic corps. He was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from February 2014 to January 2017. He led the State Department Bureau responsible for managing international trade negotiations, intellectual property rights protection, and global internet policy, among other major policy issues. While conducting economic diplomacy for the United States, he visited more than 40 countries and 70 cities around the world.
From 2009 to 2013, Rivkin was the United States Ambassador to France and Monaco. In this role, he guided America’s oldest and one of its largest diplomatic missions, with six constituent posts throughout France and representing more than 50 U.S. government agencies. During his posting, Rivkin was personally awarded the Légion d’honneur with the rank of Commander by the President of France. He also received the city of Paris’ highest honor, la Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris, and was presented with the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award.
Before his government service, Rivkin worked in the media and entertainment sector for more than 20 years. During that period, he served as President and CEO of Jim Henson Company, home to The Muppets and other award-winning film and television franchises and beloved characters. He also was CEO of WildBrain, where he won a BAFTA Award as an Executive Producer of the hit children’s television series Yo Gabba Gabba!, and Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.
Rivkin is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute (AFI), a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and in 2017 was accepted as a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1984, graduating with distinction in political science and international relations. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1988.