Film and TV Industry Groups Announce Content Security Initiative

To prevent leaks or hacks of film and TV content—like the one last year that led to the posting on the internet of a not-yet-aired episode of Game of Thrones—the Motion Picture Association of America and the Content Delivery & Security Association have launched the Trusted Partner Network.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) have teamed up to prevent piracy with a new content security initiative. The Trusted Partner Network (TPN) will create a directory of “trusted partners” that the film and TV industry can turn to for production and distribution of their content.

“Creating the films and television shows enjoyed by audiences around the world increasingly requires a network of specialized vendors and technicians,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin in a press release. “That’s why maintaining high security standards for all third-party operations from script to screen is such an important part of preventing the theft of creative works and ultimately protects jobs and the health of our vibrant creative economy.”

The launch of the initiative comes after a handful of breaches and leaks, including the theft and release of episodes from season five of Orange Is the New Black and of one episode from season seven of Game of Thrones.

TPN will first have individual assessment professionals undergo an approval process. Those vetted professionals will then assess vendors’ security procedures and technology systems for compliance with MPAA content security best practices. After vendors are assessed, they will receive a report of the results, including any recommended remediations or improvements. The assessed vendors then will be listed in a directory of trusted partners, which content creators and other members of the industry can access.

While TPM was just announced this week, it is already in the process of approving its first batch of assessors. Assessment of vendors will begin later this month, with a full rollout of the initiative in June.

“The TPN is online and available for all production, post-production, and distribution operations vendors across the entire entertainment supply chain,” said TPN CEO and CDSA Executive Director Guy Finley in a press release. “Our goal is to create a dynamic industry program where entertainment vendors demonstrate to content owners around the world that they strive for the highest levels of security for their client’s content.”

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Emily Bratcher

By Emily Bratcher

Emily Bratcher is a Contributing Editor for Associations Now. MORE

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