New Year, New Opportunities

January 10, 2013

Here we go again! A new year, new opportunities and new challenges. But before I go into that, I want to take a moment to thank all of you for contributing to a wonderful 2012 for MPTF. I’m not going to stick my neck out by including individual thank-you’s because I will surely miss someone very important to MPTF, so instead I want to thank the entire MPTF COMMUNITY for everything that you contribute – time, money, energy, advocacy, Facebook comments, heart and soul – to allow us to take care of our entertainment industry members in need with grace and dignity.

The challenges for 2013? There will be many and I’m absolutely certain that many of them we haven’t even thought of yet. The most obvious one, though, is how we continue to provide high quality health and social services in an environment where reimbursements at the federal and state levels (the source of much of our funding) are failing to keep up with rising costs for providing care. This isn’t just an MPTF problem, it’s one that we share with every organization of our kind and it’s one of national concern. How do we continue to provide a viable safety net with a widening gap between our revenues and costs? As they say, that’s what makes the job exciting.

Our opportunities are many. At the top of my list is continuing to expand our community engagement programs to ensure that “taking care of our own” really and truly involves entertainment industry members helping one another. January 21st is National Service Day, led by Michelle Obama, and I would encourage all of you to spend some time that day thinking about how you can be of service to MPTF during 2013. We always need volunteers, both on campus and in the community, and trust me it’s a win-win in that you will get so much out of the experience of helping others. Make it a habit and your 2013 will be very self-fulfilling and rewarding.

Finally, I hope you’ve noticed our recent re-branding of MPTF and our new website. We are brighter, more colorful, more diverse, and more contemporary. We are going to be referring to the organization by our new monogram, MPTF, rather than Motion Picture & Television Fund, to be more inclusive of entertainment industry members whose work is taking them outside of traditional film and television activities. We have a new look and feel and a new way of interacting with our community that’s more open and engaged. We hope you like the way we look!

About Bob Beitcher

Bob Beitcher is the President and CEO of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. He has been a senior executive in the entertainment industry for 30 years, having held leadership roles at Jim Henson Productions, Paramount Pictures, Panavision and MacAndrews & Forbes Media Group. Bob has been an MPTF board member since 2007. He became interim CEO in 2010 and was named permanent CEO in 2011.

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