Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey has been tapped to be the next chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, TheWrap has learned.
Kerrey has won approval from the heads of the movie companies that make up the powerful Hollywood lobby, though no deal has yet been signed, according to three people familiar with the process.
The job was described as “his to lose” by one such person.
A moderate Democrat with long-standing ties to the Hollywood establishment, Kerrey has been a Vietnam hero, a governor, a U.S. senator from Nebraska and a Democratic presidential candidate (in 1992).
He is currently president of the New School University in New York City, a position he has held for nine years that will end in June.
He’s being tapped to replace Dan Glickman in the more than $1.3 million a year role as chairman-CEO of the MPAA.
Glickman stepped down in January after five years running the association. Bob Pisano has been acting chairman.
A spokesman for the Motion Picture Association had no comment.
The heads of the studios that make up the MPAA — Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, NBC Universal, 20th Century Fox and Paramount — have interviewed and signed off on the former senator in the past several weeks.
People close to the process said that a deal is expected to be struck in the next week and that formal announcement will soon follow