Kerrey Close to a Deal at MPAA

Posted July 13, 2010 at 12:41pm

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) is in final contract negotiations to be the next head of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Kerrey told Don Imus on his radio show Tuesday morning: “I’m talking very seriously with the Motion Picture Association of America. … We’re, I would say, in the final stages of negotiating.”

Kerrey, who had been rumored to be in talks with the MPAA, declined to give a date for when he would accept the job, but he said, “I’m relatively certain of it.”

“Deals and a contract,” Kerrey said of what was still being determined. “Been through that before so . . . if nothing breaks down in that conversation I expect to take the job.”

Kerrey would succeed former Rep. Dan Glickman (D-Kan.), the former Clinton administration Agriculture secretary, who left the MPAA earlier this year for Refugees International.

An MPAA spokesman declined to comment.

Kerrey, a former governor of Nebraska, has also been under consideration to fill the top slot at the American Council of Life Insurers.

More recently, Kerrey has had a tumultuous run as president of the New School in New York. After several disputes with students, Kerrey announced that he will leave the school in June.