John Kerry Holds Summit With Hollywood Studio Chiefs on ISIS
The U.S. Secretary of State met with Hollywood moguls on the Universal lot, where they discussed America's image abroad.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday met with the heads of Hollywood studios during his trip to Los Angeles to discuss America's image abroad, including how to counter ISIS.
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell, who knows Kerry, arranged the 90-minute informal summit on the Universal lot, insiders confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Great convo w studio execs in LA. Good to hear their perspectives & ideas of how to counter
#Daesh narrative," Kerry tweeted on Tuesday, referencing Daesh, another term for the terror group.
In his post, he shared a photo of his meeting with Shell, as well as MPAA chairman Chris Dodd, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and 20th Century Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos.
Also attending the session were 20th Century Fox co-chairman Stacey Snider, Walt Disney Motion Picture Production president Sean Bailey, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman, Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, Amblin Partners CEO Michael Wright and NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer.
Washington has a long history of turning to Hollywood when it comes to how the U.S. is perceived overseas, since its movies are exported around the globe.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) February 17, 2016