Paul Brigner joins MPAA as chief technology policy officer

The Motion Picture Association of America announced Wednesday that Paul Brigner has been named senior vice president and chief technology policy officer.

In his new role Brigner will take the lead for the movie industry trade group on technology issues affecting the protection of intellectual property. He will participate in the development of industrywide content standards for streaming digital video.

Brigner will report to MPAA interim CEO Bob Pisano and begin his new job Jan. 10.

“Paul’s depth and breadth of experience will be crucial as he helps steer our members through a rapidly changing technological landscape," Pisano said. "With his counsel, we will continue to strike a balance between protecting the intellectual property rights of our members and our continuing desire to provide fans around the world with the content they enjoy in the format of their choice. We are delighted that Paul has joined our team."

Brigner most recently served as executive director of Internet and technology policy for Verizon, where he held several senior management positions since joining the firm in 2001. He previously worked for technology firms Digital Focus and Cambridge Technology Partners.

Brigner holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is working to finish an MBA from George Washington University's McDonough School of Business. He graduated summa cum laude from Stephen F. Austin State University and served in the United States Army.