The Motion Picture Association Of America announced on Thursday [May 2] key changes to its communications team led by evp global communications Laura Nichols.

Kate Bedingfield has been elevated to vp of corporate communications and will report to Nichols. Bedingfield will serve as the association’s chief spokesperson and continue to develop and implement communications strategy behind all of the MPAA’s policy priorities.

Howard Gantman will assume a new role as vp of global strategic communications. The executive will focus on global message coordination and communication strategies for international initiatives, litigation, research and internal communications for the MPAA. 

He will also work with key stakeholders, entertainment industry alliances and other third parties on strategic communications priorities.

“Howard’s impressive depth of communications experience – from his days as a reporter to his time on Capitol Hill to his work now in our industry – gives him an ability to tackle communications challenges from a comprehensive perspective,” said Nichols.

“His leadership has been invaluable, and we are pleased to have him take on this new senior role in helping us coordinate a more efficient and effective global communications operation.”    

TJ Ducklo has been promoted to deputy director of corporate communications and will report to Bedingfield. In this newly created position, Ducklo will promote the MPAA’s communications initiatives and assist Bedingfield with her responsibilities

“We are fortunate to have such a talented and experienced group,” said Nichols. “Kate is as skilled a communicator as they come, and TJ has proven to be an integral part of our team since joining the MPAA last September.

“Howard’s new role provides us with an important new component to our advocacy and outreach issues. I am confident our team has the talent and creativity to continue to find new ways to show how important movies are to economies and cultures around the globe.”