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Hollywood Vet Gets COO/GC Job at Golden Globes Group
For anyone who thinks in-house law lacks the red-carpet grandeur of the movie business, consider Gregory Goeckners latest career move. The veteran Hollywood attorney spent 15 years as executive vice president and general counsel for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and this month was named chief operating officer and general counsel for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)the group behind the Golden Globe Awards.
In a statement from HFPA, the organizations president, Dr. Aida Takla-OReilly, said, We were thoroughly impressed by Greg and his credentials, adding, He brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective that will help further the Hollywood Foreign Press Associations efforts.
Goeckner, who began his legal career as special counsel at OMelveny & Myers, where he worked with entertainment and technology companies, was most recently executive director and GC for the Merchant Risk Council in Seattle.
THR notes that at the MPAA, He oversaw anti-piracy efforts worldwide, and helped coordinate legal cases involving the member companies, including the 2005 landmark victory over Grokster, which established that web sites which make copyrighted movies and TV shows available are violating the law, and adds that Goeckners tenure at the movie-industry lobbying group came to an end when he was fired from the MPAA in October 2009 along with two others, reportedly because of dissatisfaction by the member companies (the six biggest Hollywood studios) over his oversight of anti-piracy efforts.