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Valenti to Address NAB2006

Former Motion Picture Association of America President & CEO Jack Valenti will speak at the NAB Television All-Industry Luncheon at NAB2006 in Las Vegas. The luncheon, sponsored by Microsoft, begins at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24.

Valenti, a lobbyist known for creating both the movie and television rating systems, will discuss the role of the First Amendment in a free society. He will also give a status report on the multi-industry effort by broadcasters, cable operators, satellite television providers and television set manufacturers to educate families on parental controls on programs deemed inappropriate for children.

Valenti came to Washington in 1963 when he was asked by President Lyndon Johnson to serve as special assistant to the President. Valenti, who previously ran an advertising agency in Houston, served in the Johnson administration until 1966, when he accepted an offer to become the head of MPAA.

Valenti is still actively involved with the MPAA and currently a senior consultant to the association. He stepped down as head of the MPAA in September 2004, after serving in the position for 38 years.

The Texas-born Valenti has written four books and holds a B.A. from the University of Houston and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.