Who knew that Chris Dodd’s new job as the CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America would take him to Connecticut on actual MPAA-related business?

Dodd will be at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford on Monday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to promote the state’s fledging digital animation industry and the first movie produced in the state, Blue Sky Studios’ Rio.

They will be joined by two movie execs, Jim Gianopulos of Fox Filmed Entertainment and Brian Keane of Blue Sky, who will discuss the state’s tax policies that attracted Blue Sky. Malloy has looked askance at the film tax credit program, but he supports extending the credits to companies that build here.

Rio features a voice cast by Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Tracy Morgan, will.i.am, George Lopez and Jamie Foxx, none of whom will be at the event Monday.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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