Former British MP and Intellectual Property Rights Advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron, Mike Weatherley, has re-joined the Motion Picture Licensing Company (international), Ltd. (MPLC) as Vice Chairman and will join the MPLC parent company, Motion Picture Licensing Corporation in Los Angeles as Executive Vice President and will be a Director of both companies. He will divide his time between the company offices in the US and the UK.
MPLC is the World’s largest non-theatrical licensing company operating in 33 countries Worldwide. Mike’s responsibilities will include international studio and Government relations, Corporate and strategic development. Weatherley was previously vice president, finance and administration for MPLC International in Eastbourne prior to his election to Parliament.
Founder and chairman Peter W. Kuyper said that Weatherley had an “invaluable” track record of uniting rights holders to communicate effectively with legislators and bring substance to government intellectual property rights policy, which saw the role of the first ever British intellectual property advisor to the Prime Minister created for him in 2013. “We look forward to welcoming Mike to the MPLC and utilising both his business and legislative acumen in managing the growth of MPLC and in support of film industry rights,” he added.
Weatherley said he was “thoroughly” looking forward to returning to work with MPLC. at the sharp business end of intellectual property matters, adding US and worldwide responsibilities, whilst still working with legislators to protect and promote intellectual property rights internationally for the film and wider creative industries.
In his time as a British MP, Weatherley was appointed the UK’s first ever Intellectual Property Rights’ Advisor to the Prime Minister, publishing a series of four reports:
Weatherley has also helped introduce legislation (addressing Secondary Ticketing through the 2015 Consumer Rights’ Bill; and securing funding for the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit until 2017 in the 2014 Intellectual Property Act); and promoting intellectual property rights awareness among legislators through founding Parliament’s largest ever competitions, Rock the House and Film the House.