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Bob Pisano Named Chairman at MPTF

Pisano The Motion Picture Association of America’s interim chief, Bob Pisano, has been elected chairman for the Motion Picture & Television Fund. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pisano plans to continue his position at the MPAA. He succeeds Frank Mancuso (Lionsgate), who will remain on the MPTF board for at least two years. The MPTF runs a fundraising board headed by DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, as well as a large retirement community in Woodland Hills in California. An intended hospital closure on the retirement site has recently raised controversy during what the MPTF interim CEO Bob Beitcher called “a difficult period during which health care and its future became the critical social issue, not only for the country but for the Fund and our industry.” The company remains committed to home-care services.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

Pictured: Bob Pisano (Photo: Getty Images)

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---and if an elderly person is incapable of living at home, what is that person to do? Wasn't the MPTF founded for the purpose of providing health care and financial assistance to the neediest members of the industry? It is admirable that the MPTF wants to provide home care but to do so at the expense of those workers who have no where else to turn is an abandonment of the humanitarian mission that drives the MPTF.

Dear Mr. Pisano -

Please take a walk in the nearly empty LTC wings and try to imagine a time when the elderly and handicapped filled the rooms, activity centers, and commons. I remember when that was. Now, the remaining residents you see, those who can express feelings, might share with you their anxiety and insecurity over what tomorrow may bring. If they don't, please understand - they are scared and hesitant to anger anyone.

When the LTC had a waiting list, and was known as one of the premiere 24 hour skilled nursing centers in the country, imagine the pride that was bestowed upon the industry for being the hallmark in this type of care.

While you're walking the halls of the LTC, please say hi to my mom Mary. She's 92 years old, frail, and well-cared for. Her environment is as much a part of her as anything else. To remove her to another, no matter how opulent, would probably kill her, as I suspect it has to others that have left.

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