Hollywood's Gatekeepers: Whom the Industry's Top Bosses Butter Up for Major Perks

4:50 AM 6/22/2016

by THR Staff

These four soft-power brokers hold the keys to Soho House memberships, Grill on the Alley reservations and more.

Illustration by: Guy Shield

  • Reveta Bowers

    Center for Early Education

    In February, after 38 years as head of L.A.'s pre-eminent private school, the Center for Early Education, Bowers announced her retirement. But that’s still 14 months away. In the meantime, parents pay obeisance. Exhibit A: CEE mom Beyonce's surprise March performance at the school's 75th annual grand gala at the Shrine Auditorium.

  • Pamela Gonyea

    The Grill on the Alley

    The queen of 1 o’clock has been The Grill's cheerful yet decisive lunchtime maitre dame for 15 years. In that capacity she controls the horseshoe of 14 sought-after booths at the Beverly Hills spot, corralling the egos of Ari Emanuel, Brian Grazer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Skip Brittenham and others.

  • Deborah McLeod

    Gagosian Gallery

    While she may not be quite as hard-core as fellow local dealer Susanne Vielmetter, Gagosian Gallery’s director adjudicates which buyers are deemed worthy of access to the list of her billionaire boss Larry (first-name-only-famous in the art world), which includes everyone from blue chips like Ed Ruscha to emerging stars such as Alex Israel.

  • Samantha Stone

    Soho House

    Like Tim Geary before he abdicated the throne, Soho House’s L.A. membership director holds the door against a several-thousand-strong wait list, a group who's constantly searching for any chance to get in her good graces. Earlier this month, a Malibu outpost of the club with a controversial locals-only policy added extra social tsuris.