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Intertainer subpeonas MPAA's Valenti

16 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

WASHINGTON -- Intertainer, a pioneer in the video-on-demand business, filed civil subpoenas against MPAA president and CEO Jack Valenti and the MPAA's technology officer Thursday in their legal action against the industry-backed MovieLink online delivery service. Through the subpoenas, the company is seeking information on the involvement that Valenti and Jon Liebowitz had in the formation of MovieLink and contacts the pair of executives had with lawmakers, their aides and Justice Department officials. Intertainer CEO and producer Jonathan T. Taplin (Mean Streets) told The Hollywood Reporter the MPAA executives may have done nothing wrong, but the company wants to know how extensive the contacts were and if they were involved in the studios' decision to pull out of his company. "Clearly they were all together in the planning of MovieLink," he said. "I know it's (Valenti's) job to fix things for the industry, and it could be that he was just doing his job, but we don't know that." »

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