Jack Valenti

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Jack Valenti

Longtime president of the Motion Picture Association of America add

Category: Politics

Born in 1921.

Countries: United States (54%), Texas (20%), Washington (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Lyndon B. Johnson, Motion Picture Association of America, Texas

Linked to: Harvard University, University of Houston, Motion Picture Association of America, Metadata




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Jack Valenti was born in 1921 add something


Valenti earned a B.B.A. from the University of Houston in 1946 add something


After earning an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1948, Valenti went to work for Humble Oil in its advertising department, where he helped the company's Texas gas stations jump from fifth to first in sales through a "cleanest restrooms" campaign add something


In 1952, he and a partner named Weldon Weekley founded Weekley & Valenti, an advertising agency, with oil company, Conoco, as its first client add something


In 1956, Valenti met Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson add something


In 1960, Valenti's firm assisted in the Kennedy-Johnson presidential campaign add something


Valenti had been a long-time bachelor until, in 1962, at the age of 41, he married Mary Margaret Valenti add something


Valenti served as liaison with the news media during the November 22, 1963 visit of President John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson to Dallas, Texas, and Valenti was in the presidential motorcade add something


In 1964, Johnson gave Valenti the responsibility to handle relations with the Republican Congressional leadership, particularly Gerald Ford and Charles Halleck from the House of Representatives, and the Senate's Everett Dirksen add something


In 1964, the FBI conducted an investigation concerning whether Valenti had a sexual relationship with a male photographer add something


J. Edgar Hoover - Hoover's FBI investigated Hollywood lobbyist Jack Valenti, a special assistant and confidant to President Lyndon Johnson, in 1964


In 1966, Valenti, at the insistence of Universal Studios chief Lew Wasserman, and with Johnson's consent, resigned his White House commission and became the president of the Motion Picture Association of America add something


Motion Picture Association of America - The MPAA hired Jack Valenti, former aide to President Lyndon Johnson, as president of the MPAA in 1966


In 1968, Valenti created the MPAA film rating system add something


In 1969, Jack Valenti received the Bronze Medallion, New York City's highest civilian honor add something


During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Valenti became notorious for his flamboyant attacks on the Sony Betamax Video Cassette Recorder , which the MPAA feared would devastate the movie industry add something


Despite Valenti's prediction, the home video market ultimately came to be the mainstay of movie studio revenues throughout the 1980s and 1990s add something


He famously told a congressional panel in 1982, "I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone add something


The PG-13 rating was added in 1984 to provide a greater range of distinction for audiences add something


In 1985, Jack Valenti received the French L├ęgion d'Honneur add something


In 1990 the NC-17 rating was introduced as a trademarked "adults only" replacement for the non-trademarked X-rating add something


Larry Auerbach - Auerbach received the DGA's Robert B. Aldrich Award in 1991, and was named a DGA Honorary Life Member in 2004, joining a small, elite group that includes Charles Chaplin, David Lean, Frank Capra, Walt Disney, Darryl F. Zanuck, Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, Lew Wasserman, Elia Kazan, Chuck Jones, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Jack Valenti


In 1998 Valenti lobbied for the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act, arguing that copyright infringement via the Internet would severely damage the record and movie industries add something


In 2002, the University of Houston bestowed Valenti an honorary doctorate add something


In 2003, Valenti found himself at the center of the so-called screener debate, as the MPAA barred studios and many independent producers from sending screener copies of their films to critics and voters in various awards shows add something


Under mounting industry pressure and a court injunction "Antidote Int'l Films Inc. et al. v MPAA" , Valenti backed down in 2004, narrowly avoiding a massive and embarrassing antitrust lawsuit against the MPAA. add something


In December 2003, Valenti received the "Legend in Leadership Award" from the Chief Executive Leadership Institute of the Yale School of Management add something


After retiring from the MPAA in 2004, Valenti became the first President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, an organization founded by philanthropists Edward W. Scott and Adam Waldman add something


Valenti was nominated for President of the United States by the Alfalfa Club in 2004 add something


In August 2004, Valenti, 82 years old, retired and was replaced by former U.S. Congressman and Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman add something


In June 2005, the Washington DC headquarters of the Motion Picture Association of America, was renamed the Jack Valenti Building add something


Valenti remained President of Friends of the Global Fight until his death in 2007 add something

Jack Valenti died in 2007 add something


He died on April 26, 2007 at his home in Washington from stroke complications add something


In April 2008, the University of Houston renamed its School of Communication to the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication in his honor add something


In the 2016 biographical film Jackie, Valenti is portrayed by actor Max Casella add something