Kelly McMahon is the new head of the MPAA's film ratings board, the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA).
The 46-year-old longtime corporate lawyer leads the small group of parents who anonymously assign ratings, ranging from G to NC-17, to hundreds of movies a year. She replaces Joan Graves, 77, who recently retired after 18 years as head of the
McMahon, in her first interview since taking the helm, defended the ratings system, which she says has remained a reliable and essential tool for families navigating the multiplex. However, she says one of her first major goals is to reach out to
parents, filmmakers and political groups -- including LGBTQ and religious organizations -- to hear their concerns.
She also wants to add more people to the rating board to ensure its decisions are representative of American consumers. The board currently employs only eight raters; McMahon wants to grow the board to 12. She also wants to address the
once-common G (general audiences) rating, which has virtually disappeared from the industry.