Hollywood Heavyweights Among Biden Campaign Bundlers

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden
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Top Netflix executives and the heads of Universal Pictures, Paramount and Sony Pictures were bundlers, as were longtime Democratic donors Jeffrey Katzenberg and Haim Saban.

Top studio executives, award-winning writers and directors, tech billionaires, and California’s top Democratic politicians. All served as “bundlers” for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to a list released by the campaign over the Halloween weekend.

The 817 bundlers, or “volunteer fundraisers,” as the Biden team calls them, all had to raise at least $100,000 for the campaign. Top bundlers for Democratic and Republican candidates occasionally receive consideration for posts in presidential administration, including ambassadorships or even cabinet positions, which is one of the reasons campaigns are pressured to release the list of bundlers publicly.

Longtime Democratic donors and fundraisers Jeffrey Katzenberg and Haim Saban are included, as expected, but Hollywood power players are well-represented elsewhere on the list.

Among studio executives, Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos, Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley, Sony Pictures executive Eric Paquette, and Netflix film chief Scott Stuber are all listed as bundlers, as is Stuber’s Netflix colleague and newly minted global head of TV Bela Bajaria. Disney Television and ABC entertainment chief Dana Walden is also listed as a bundler, as is former Paramount chief Sherry Lansing.

Among creatives, writer-director Lee Daniels is a bundler, as is the prolific TV writer-producer Ryan Murphy and director-producer Reginald Hudlin and his wife Chrisette, while the elected officials on the list include Rep. Adam Schiff, Sen. Diane Feinstein, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Former Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant is on the list (her husband is Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos) as is Laura Shell, the wife of NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell.

The campaign did not break out exactly how much each bundler raised for the effort, though some raised more than $2.5 million for the campaign. Those bundlers, of which there are said to be only a few dozen, were in what the campaign calls the “Biden Victory Partner” tier, and would receive a round gold and blue pin with Biden's campaign logo.

Bundlers who raised at least $100,000 were in the “Unifier” tier, with those raising at least $250,000 in the “Scranton Circle” tier, $500,000 in the “Philly Founder” tier, and $1 million in the “Delaware League” tier.

Others on the list include longtime Comcast executive David Cohen, Universal Music executive Jeff Harleston, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, former MGM CEO Harry Sloan, former The View host Star Jones, Shannon Rotenberg, the head of Matthew McConaughey's Just Keep Livin Foundation, and Trisha Cardoso, president and chief giving officer of the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation.