What Ted Sarandos and More Hollywood Insiders Are Doing on Summer Vacation
One TV exec confesses he goes to Comic-Con — for the comics! — as industry insiders and stars plan to hop islands from Bali to Block, touch down in European cities and tour with the Dead (sort of).
Chief content officer, Netflix
"We have friends that we travel with, and we'll be on a boat with them. And at the end of the summer, we will get a week at The Brando, which will be our fourth time back there. To me, that's the most special place on Earth."
Exec vp development, Warner Bros. TV
"I'm going to NYC for five days to drop my son off at a summer program at Columbia and my daughter off at a program at Yale. Then a staycation at Shutters."
Yvette Nicole Brown
"The Fame reunion [July 13 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood]. When I was a kid, that movie was my first vision of what entertaining was. Debbie Allen was everything."
President, Fox 21 TV Studios
"Jen [Salke, his wife and president of NBC Entertainment] and I are going to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with our kids. Much more importantly, my kids, Kate and Henry, and I are following the Dead & Company on tour."
Co-president, Sony Pictures Classics
"Two great things: I play hockey in Las Vegas, a tournament with a bunch of guys. And go fishing on Block Island [in Rhode Island] and catch striped bass."
Co-president, Sony Pictures Classics
"In mid-July, I go to Roundtop, Texas, to see kids between 10 and 16 perform Shakespeare. It's called Camp Shakespeare. I go with my college friends and watch that and I love it. I love to go to the theater all summer. "
Outgoing president, WGN America
"Comic-Con! Not for work. For the comics."
"Traveling with my kids. I have a new band called Dream Car and I've been on tour, so I haven't been with my family and we're so overdue for some vacations so we're planning some great, great vacations in the next couple of weeks. We're going to start with just California. We're going to do a road trip. We're going to stop in Santa Cruz and I think we're also going to stop in the sanctuary called Animal Place which I'm a big supporter of. I want to take my girls there so that they can be exposed to farmed animals that have been rescued — that's really important to me because I'm raising two vegan girls and I want them to see these farmed animals and know that they mean as much as us."
"I'm marrying my best friend. He's doing his wedding in Bali right before I start NCIS, so I'm going to squeeze it in. I'm officiating. It's a lot of pressure, but I'm the man for the job."
President, Primary Wave Entertainment
"We usually rent a house in Malibu every summer but this year we bought one because we love it so much. It's in Point Dume and it's 25 minutes from our house in Hidden Hills, which gets to be 105 degrees in the summer. Just 20 minutes away (in Malibu) it's 75 degrees."
"I'm going to get together with all of my family. We have an old beach shack in Delaware in Rehoboth Beach and we're going to get my family and my husband's family and we're just going to have a lot of fun. Lots of summer beach time. We're all vegetarians so we'll do the vegetarian version of a clambake."
"I'm trying to get a movie done in Rome about the Vatican, so we've got to do a lot of research."
"I'm going back to the South of France. I just love the people, the environment. It's my favorite part of the world."
Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy are taking the family on a houseboat on California's Lake Shasta, "which is full again," says Marshall. … Gail Berman is going to London. … Elle Fanning is going to London ("my favorite city"), as is Brit TriStar chief Hannah Minghella. … Universal's Donna Langley will tend to her vegetable garden in Ojai. … Lionsgate TV chief Kevin Beggs is planning college visits with his daughter to Nashville (Vanderbilt), St. Louis (Washington University) and Pittsburgh (Carnegie-Mellon). … The Jackal Group's Gail Berman is going to Sagaponack, New York. … Dave Madden is headed to The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. … ICM Partners' Eddy Yablans will be on Martha's Vineyard. … Wonder Woman helmer Patty Jenkins is going to St. Barts. … FX's Eric Schrier is going to Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. … Producer Matt Baer (Unbroken) is headed to Cerritos with wife and Last Vegas producer Amy Baer ("to watch our 19-year-old son Ethan play baseball").… NBCU's Jeff Wachtel is headed to Scotland for a wedding. … Rowan Blanchard wants to road-trip to the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California. … The CW's Mark Pedowitz will head to Michigan's Beaver Island. … WME's Richard Weitz is seeing Phil Collins perform in Hyde Park, Collins' first concert tour in 12 years.
This story first appeared in the June 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.