During his recent visit to Los Angeles to attend a series of star-studded fundraisers and to tape his fourth appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” President Barack Obama held a secret meeting with a group of powerful entertainment industry executives and agents.
The president shook the Hollywood money tree Monday night at two elegant L.A. mansions that belonged to entertainment industry supporters. The sprawling manors were located within blocks of each other. A dinner at the home of producer James Lassiter was followed by a larger affair at the home of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas.
However, the president also attended a previously undisclosed gathering, which took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The power players who met with the president included Weinstein Co. head Harvey Weinstein, CAA managing partner Rob Light, ICM president Chris Silbermann, actor-activist Kal Penn, "Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan, Atlantic Records chairman Craig Kallman, UTA agent Rob Prinz, Island Def Jam senior vice president Karen Kwak, Warner Bros. Records president Livia Tortella, Universal Music Publishing Group executive vice president Tom Sturges, and entertainment attorney Chuck Ortner.
“The event was not a fundraiser, and attendees were not asked to donate to the Obama reelection campaign. But those invited have been ardent supporters of the president and were identified as 'influencers' with the ability to help Obama shape the national political conversation heading into a tough race in 2012,” the entertainment industry newspaper reported.
Obama spent about a half an hour discussing his reelection effort with the Hollywood group. He reportedly told the influencers that the campaign was going to be difficult and that their assistance would be needed to engage the Hollywood community and the voting public.
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