LOS ANGELES: White House senior advisor Karl Rove met with
Hollywood's movers and shakers on November 11 to solicit their support
in the war against terrorism.
Executives from most of the major film studios gathered for an
unprecedented 90-minute conference over the weekend. Among them were
Sherry Lansing, chairperson of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group,
Jack Valenti, president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of
America, Jonathan Dolgen, chairman of Viacom Entertainment Group, and
Robert Iger, president of the Walt Disney Company.
Also present were members of the music industry, including Recording
Industry Association of America president and CEO Hilary Rosen, and
representatives from the guilds and unions that power show business.
Rove, who heads the president's propaganda efforts, asked the group to
help the government spread a six-part message both domestically and
According to Daily Variety, points of that message discussed at the
meeting were that current US efforts are aimed against terrorism, not
Islam; America's business leaders should provide a rallying cry for
service; the public should support service-persons and their families;
the war is a battle against evil; September 11 was an attack on the free
world and all nations should take part in the response; and that
children and families need extra attention and reassurance.
Rove also stressed that the White House isn't trying to control content,
but invoked WWII press involvement as a model.
Two plans of action came out of the meeting. First, copies of first-run
films will be sent to US personnel serving abroad beginning as soon as
this week. PSAs produced by Hollywood were also discussed.
Daily Variety also reported that Hollywood lobbyists are scheduled to
meet with the White House this week to talk about further plans. The
Hollywood-DC alliance may prove extremely beneficial to show business,
which Congress targeted only a year ago for marketing R-rated films to
minors, and which has not had a warm relationship with the Bush