Also, Time Warner moved to beef up its political influence in Washington, hiring as a top lobbyist Tim Berry, the chief of staff to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas).
The addition of Berry
, 37, continues an overhaul of Time Warner
's small Washington office, which had been largely staffed by holdovers from Dulles, Va.-based America Online
since it acquired Time Warner in January 2001.Berry's hiring was reported Monday by the publications Broadcasting and Roll Call.
The hiring of Berry
is aimed at boosting Time Warner's influence with the GOP as well as improving its visibility on intellectual property protection, which sometimes took a back seat to AOL
and Time Warner cable's interest in promoting music, movies and other content over the freewheeling Internet. Berry will report to Carol Melton, a former Federal Communications Commission official and Viacom Inc. lobbyist, who joined Time Warner earlier this year.
...As DeLay's chief of staff since August 2002, Berry was DeLay's right-hand man as the majority leader came under fire over alleged ethics violations.
new job as vice president of global public policy at Time Warner
will lobby the federal government on entertainment and communications issues.
In a statement, DeLay
as "a complete professional.