Hollywood's Power Women Reveal 4 New Ways to Network
Let's do lunch? That's so old school. Here, top industry execs reveal the new ways to truly link in (hint: don't pass up that baby shower invite)
This story first appeared in the 2014 Women in Entertainment issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
1. GIVE BACK
"I love it when there's a networking event that can be of service," says Imagine Entertainment president of production Kim Roth, citing how CAA agents invited studio execs to work with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Says Anonymous Content's Joy Gorman Wettels, who recently joined producer Scott Budnick at a juvenile-hall class he teaches, "You realize you are like-minded with certain people you work with."
2. DO THE FUN THING
This past summer, FX Networks exec Nicole Clemens was pitched a book while on horseback at a Colorado dude ranch. "He was a retired dot-com guy," she says. "It was a fantasy book that he thought could be right for me at FX or my husband, Vaun Wilmott, who created Dominion for Syfy."
3. HOST WITH THE MOST
Invite people into your home. Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose, president of international sales and distribution at Voltage Pictures, hosted a preholiday jewelry trunk show at her house. And Buzztone CEO (and former music exec) Liz Heller hosted a charity-themed girls night (above). Says Heller, "When you meet people in a context like that, you're not just walking in and pitching something -- you have that thing in common."
4. GET UNCOMFORTABLE
"The 'perfect' thing might be hiding right behind the so-so meeting or the baby shower you don't want to attend," says musician-actress Kathleen York, who once accepted -- somewhat reluctantly -- "a non-career-making guest role on the Paul Haggis-produced drama Family Law." Haggis asked York for a CD and later invited her to write the theme song for his Oscar-winning film Crash. It led to a best-song Oscar nomination.