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Jim Williams
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.

Jim Williams leads the Office of Technology for the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc (MPAA) in its efforts to facilitate a smooth digital transition that provides consumers new ways to enjoy Hollywood content when, where and how they want. Jim works closely with the six major motion picture studios to advance movie and television producer’s interests throughout the world in various technology-related capacities, including content protection license negotiation, license enforcement, industry relations, government relations, pro-technology public outreach and standardization. Jim joined the MPAA as Vice President, Television and Video Systems Standards in 2002. In 2006, Jim was given responsibility to lead all international technology initiatives of the MPAA’s international counterpart, the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

Prior to joining the MPAA, Jim spent nearly 20 years with Hughes/DIRECTV, advancing from a skilled hardware, software and chip designer to a seasoned entertainment executive responsible for up to 300 employees and up to 70 development engineers.

  • In 1997, he led the business startup of DIRECTV Japan, the fastest full-scale Direct Broadcast Satellite startup in history.
  • In 1998, he led the launch team for the first U.S. nationwide HDTV service.







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