MPA’s Trusted Partner Network Expands Content Security Efforts

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LOS ANGELES—The Motion Picture Association’s global film and television content security initiative, the Trusted Partner Network (TPN), has announced the launch of its enhanced program with a new membership model, application and cloud content security assessments, and the TPN+ platform.

TPN, which is fully owned by the Motion Picture Association (MPA), is leveraging the updated MPA Content Security Best Practices v5.0 to expand its scope to include software application and cloud security in addition to site and work-from-home security assessments. With this expansion and the launch of the new TPN+ platform, TPN is bolstering its program to keep pace with rapid change and evolution throughout the media and entertainment industry, the TPN reported. 

“With the launch of its enhanced program, TPN is taking a crucial step toward ensuring the security of all content produced by our members,” explained Karyn Temple, senior executive vice president and global general counsel of the MPA. “Content security is a top priority of the MPA, TPN and all of our member studios, whose ability to produce the films and TV shows audiences love depends on our ability to protect and secure that content.”

“At the MPA and TPN, our goal is to support content creators from script to screen,” said Terri Davies, president of TPN. “This new iteration of the TPN program is a huge leap forward that provides an enhanced solution for content security. TPN is designed for all companies in the media and entertainment ecosystem who are committed to keeping content safe. We very much look forward to continued collaboration with our Service Provider and Content Owner members, as well as our Assessor partners, as we maintain forward momentum to keep pace with the rapid transformation and technology advancements in our industry.”

TPN’s new membership model is tiered to encourage participation from all global stakeholders, ranging from individual contributors to large-scale pre- and post-production companies, software application providers, and all Content Owners, it said. 

TPN reported that its new platform TPN+ is custom-built for member companies to manage and communicate content security status, including non-TPN security certificates such as ISO and Soc2, as well as complete TPN questionnaires and assessments based on the MPA Content Security Best Practices and guidelines.

The TPN+ platform provides standardization, expanded functionality, greater flexibility, and multi-layered transparency of security status to global Content Owners. The new platform unlocks self-serve functionality for Service Providers to communicate their content security status in a centralized and accelerated manner, resulting in enhanced visibility to Content Owners, overall time savings, and a reduction in duplicative assessment efforts, it explained. 

For Content Owners, TPN+ provides guidance that enables independent and informed decision-making. The new platform achieves this with a simplified process of assessing Service Provider partners’ security preparedness to ensure content is secure throughout the media supply chain.

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George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.