Hollywood’s best DC players
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1. THE TINSELTOWN HEAVY HITTERS IN THIS CITY: Hollywood has long been fascinated by Washington. Behind the scenes, this is more than the setting for the upcoming political thriller. Problems such as net neutrality, copyright protection, trade, taxes, and most recently economic aid all affect the entertainment industry, which is why it spent around $ 26.4 million dollars this year to lobby for his preferred policies.
Here are some of the biggest players in power:
- Tyrone Bland, Head of Government Affairs at Creative Artists Agency: Bland, pictured above lower left, made his political debut as chief of staff in the California state legislature. He has experience working for or on behalf of Herbalife, Coca-Cola, Walmart, and Verizon supplement vendor.
- Gail MacKinnon and Patrick Kilcur, Film Association: MacKinnon manages the global politics of the MPA, which represents the biggest studios in the film industry, including Disney, Sony Pictures and Netflix. Kilcur, MacKinnon’s US counterpart who is pictured above lower right, was previously a floor manager for Senator Mitch McConnell. Above, DeDe Lea from ViacomCBS and Sarah Howes from the Directors Guild of America are also pictured.
- Kerri Wood Einertson, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists: The members of SAG-AFTRA include the most well-known faces in the industry as well as actors of the working day, radio personalities and other artists. Wood Einertson spent three years on the Hill as a legislative assistant before returning to California to work for the Korn Ferry consultancy and later work on behalf of the union.
Check out Insider’s full list of DC power players Disney, Fox, Apple, and more rely on.
2. CDC Director Approves Pfizer-BioNTech Booster Injections for Older Americans: Dr Rochelle Walensky partially broke with earlier findings of an independent group of medical advisers by also approving booster injections for people who are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 at work, such as healthcare workers, or because of where they live. Walensky noted that his recommendation was aligned with the Food and Drug Administration, which came to a different conclusion than the CDC’s non-binding advisory group. More generally, Walensky has also approved Pfizer-BioNTech booster injections for Americans 65 and older, nursing home residents, and adults 18 to 64 with underlying health conditions. The CDC’s latest ruling means that many Americans are now being encouraged to obtain boosters, although the main pandemic challenge remains persuading people to get a first dose.
3. Arizona Election Audit says Biden won the state: Cyber ââNinjas, the group leading the audit, are set to announce their findings later today, and Insider has obtained a draft copy of the audit results. The 110-page draft report says Donald Trump actually did worse than expected, concluding that he received 261 votes less than the official Maricopa County poll while Joe Biden won 99 votes from more. An audit representative told KJZZ Phoenix that the project was “not the final report, but it is near.” Election experts and local Republican officials have complained about Cyber ââNinjas’ inexperience with electoral matters and other issues for months, the Washington Post reports. Trump, who does not appear to have seen that the draft report concluded he lost, bragged about the audit last night.
The audits are not finished:
- Texas announced a review of four county returns just hours after Trump called for an audit bill: The Texas Secretary of State’s office said it had launched a “comprehensive forensic audit” of the results in Collin, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant counties, the Texas Tribune reports. The office did not say why it was conducting a review in those counties. More on what this means.
4. Capitol Hill riot committee subpoena Trump aides: Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House select committee investigating the Capitol Riot, said his panel is subpoenaing former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as well as Dan Scavino, Steve Bannon and Kash Patel . Thompson said the four men worked or had close communications with Trump’s White House in the days leading up to the Jan.6 insurgency. This is an important step for the committee.
5. Twelve people were injured and one person was killed in a supermarket shootout in Tennessee: “I have been involved in this for 34 years and have never seen anything like it,” said Chief Dale Lane of the Collierville Police Department. Officers who responded to the shooting found people hiding in freezers. The only suspect died at the scene. More on the news.
6. A senior diplomat abruptly resigns because of the treatment of Haitians at the American border: Daniel Foote, the United States’ special envoy for Haiti, wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken that he would not be associated with what he described as the “inhuman and counterproductive decision” to deport Haitian migrants from Texas after thousands flocked to the border. Foote’s exit is just the latest setback in the Biden administration’s handling of the situation.
7. The White House calls on agencies to prepare for a government shutdown: Biden administration officials stressed that the White House budget office’s notification was in line with past actions taken when a shutdown appeared possible and did not express an opinion on the likelihood of it happening, reports The Post. House Democrats passed a bill earlier this week that would fund the government, but their inclusion of a debt ceiling suspension angered Senate Republicans, who argue Democrats themselves should avoid a default of payment. Here’s where it stands as Democrats try to avoid the pandemic’s first stop.
8. Brian Williams could quit NBC News: Williams, who hosts a late-night news show on MSNBC, discusses whether to stay at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. A TV news industry insider told Insider that both Williams and a representative, prominent Washington lawyer Bob Barnett, were in discussion with CBS News and CNN. Losing Williams at a time when Rachel Maddow is cutting her live TV time could be dangerous for MSNBC.
9. Let the holiday hiring war begin: Amazon, Walmart, UPS and FedEx are competing in a race to recruit more than 335,000 workers in a tight labor market. Supply chain experts are still unsure whether large companies can meet their hiring goals amid the labor shortage. Here’s what the experts expect to happen this holiday season.
ten. Bond’s name, James Bond (of the Royal Navy). Actor Daniel Craig has become the new honorary commander of the Royal Navy ahead of his upcoming Bond film, “No Time to Die”, which will feature a Royal Navy destroyer. Craig appeared in navy uniform, wearing three gold bars over his shoulder which denote the rank of a commander, corresponding to the rank of the fictional Leap. See photos of 007 in uniform.
The trivial question of the day: Sticking to the character who has moved audiences (but not his martinis) for decades, which president recorded a message from the White House springing from his love for James Bond? Hint: his staff were irritated when the president’s words were used to promote the release of “Octopussy”. Email me your proposal and a suggested question to [email protected]
It’s all for this week. Have a good week-end!