Charles H. Rivkin
Charles H. Rivkin is Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). He leads its global mission to advance and support the U.S. motion picture, television and home entertainment sector. Rivkin works with international businesses, governments, and law enforcement agencies to promote policies that drive production, strengthen creativity and protect creative content. He is also responsible for the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Administration, which has been supporting and informing audiences with the nation’s movie ratings system for over 50 years. The MPAA’s member studios currently include Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Prior to joining the MPAA, Rivkin served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 2014 to 2017. He led the U.S. State Department’s Bureau responsible for managing trade negotiations, investment treaties, economic sanctions, intellectual property rights protection and global internet policy, visiting over 40 countries and 70 cities to advance U.S. economic diplomacy. In addition, Rivkin provided guidance to the Department’s 1,600 economic officers around the world and to the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
From 2009 to 2013, Rivkin served as 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. Described as a “dynamic and visionary non-career Ambassador” by the Independent Office of the Inspector General, Rivkin strongly championed U.S. commercial exports into Europe, established and energized the embassy’s social media platforms and pioneered youth outreach programs in disadvantaged communities throughout France.
Before serving the U.S. government, Rivkin worked in the media and entertainment sector for more than 20 years where he was President and CEO of award-winning entertainment businesses such as The Jim Henson Company and Wildbrain. Rivkin helped reinvigorate The Jim Henson Company (then home to such character franchises as The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Bear in the Big Blue House, Farscape, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth) and helped engineer the sale of the company in 2000 for nearly $1 billion. During his business tenure, Rivkin served as Executive Producer of award winning children’s television shows and was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.
Ambassador Rivkin 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. Rivkin was personally awarded the Légion d’honneur (rank of Commander) by French President François Hollande. He received the city of Paris’ highest honor – la Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris from Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, and was presented with the US Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy. He serves as a Board member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and was accepted as a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.