10:00am PT by Tatiana Siegel
Relativity Chief Ryan Kavanaugh Explains Unfiltered New Twitter Presence
In the five months since Relativity Media emerged from bankruptcy, Ryan Kavanaugh has yet to give a single interview, but thanks to Twitter, the Relativity CEO can be heard again.
Kavanaugh joined the social media platform on July 25 and began tweeting primarily about the studio’s first post-Chapter 11 release, the upcoming Zach Galifianakis-Kristen Wiig comedy Masterminds. But within a few days, Kavanaugh’s missives took a more personal turn, featuring pictures of his 9-month old son, Tommy. “I told myself I wasn’t going to, but it was literally impossible to not share my greatest joy,” he told THR.
But even more colorful, Kavanaugh tweeted a video clip that takes the viewer inside a medicinal marijuana facility. When asked about the cannabis shout-out, he confessed that he took a stake in a Nevada-based company called Acres Cultivation five years ago.
“I thought that one was fun,” Kavanaugh jokes of his little-known investment in the bud business. For those hoping he will be as unfiltered on Twitter as Relativity’s Dana Brunetti, Kavanaugh says he will definitely get political. “I do plan on it, especially since I sit on the opposite side of most of the industry,” says Kavanaugh, who has been outspoken on Israel (he’s pro) and President Obama (anti). “If I feel something was missed by the media or needs to be addressed, I will certainly not hesitate.”
A day after speaking to THR, he did just that, leaping to the defense of Brunetti, who was called an “idiot” on Twitter by Judd Apatow for agreeing with a Gavin Polone essay in THR saying he would not vote for Hillary Clinton. “This is the problem with hllywd anyone who doesnt blindly support a democrat is personally attacked,” he wrote.
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.