Hollywood Studios, Agencies in a Daze After Trump Win: ‘Many of Us Will Be Scared and Threatened’


From Hollywood Reporter: Early Wednesday morning, United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer dispatched a memo to the company’s staff trying to alleviate anxiety and anger in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s surprise loss to Donald Trump in the presidential election.

Jeremy Zimmer

Jeremy Zimmer

Many of us will be scared and threatened and we can give comfort. Some of us will be happy because our voice was heard. Either way, it’s a challenging moment so let’s be extra sensitive and caring with others,” Zimmer wrote to the agency’s employees.

Across Hollywood, agents, studio executives, producers and thousands of rank-and-file employees showed up at work Wednesday in a daze. A majority of Hollywood’s power brokers and up-and-comers supported Clinton. Her roster of donors reads like a who’s who of Hollywood, including Universal’s Ron Meyer, Jeff Shell and Donna Langley, Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll and Toby Emmerich, Paramount’s Brad Grey, Sony’s Michael Lynton, 20th Century Fox’s Stacey Snider and Disney’s Alan Horn. Harvey Weinstein, Legendary’s Thomas Tull, CAA’s Bryan Lourd and ICM’s Chris Silbermann also were donors, and many top figures, including Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes and stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney, hosted events for Clinton. (Entry to an August fundraiser hosted at Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s house was $100,000 per couple.)

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Beil with their hero...

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel with their hero…

There was also super PAC money organized by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Univision’s Haim Saban on top of their personal contributions. All told, the Center for Responsive Politics reports Clinton garnered $22 million in contributions from the entertainment industry, compared to a mere $290,000 for Trump.

Now Clinton’s stunning defeat has left Hollywood in shock — and questioning whether it is out of touch with a wide swath of the country by assuming Clinton would win.


Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, who runs management and production company Grandview-Automatik, grouped his staff together for a company talk. “It was a heart-to-heart, and we talked through a lot of things,” says Kavanaugh-Jones, whose recent producer credits include the new interracial romance drama Loving. “One point that was brought up was that Hollywood can be a bit sheltered from the rest of the country, so it’s important that we are all open to hearing other people’s points of view and try to reach out across the aisle and hopefully they’ll reach back.”

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Like UTA’s Zimmer, WME Global head Graham Taylor also sent an email attempting to rally the agency’s staff around 1 a.m. Wednesday after the news networks had called the election for Trump.

“While I had hoped for a different outcome for a myriad of reasons, I do strongly believe tomorrow we all have a united challenge to come together as a company,” Taylor wrote. “We have colleagues and clients that are both happy and upset. We have a divided country, a disrupted globe, and the level of fear and cynicism is unprecedented both in our business and the world at large.”

The major film and television studios were similarly taking stock, but top executives were loath to speak out publicly, since their companies will now have to work with a Trump administration after Democratic President Barack Obama’s eight-year administration comes to an end in January. At MGM’s offices, for instance, there was no formal note from management, but executives “have been consoling each other,” with some employees shedding tears, says one insider.

The mood inside another studio’s animation department was akin to an Irish wake, according to an insider, with employees dressed in black, gathered in a communal kitchen nursing a collective hangover.

Another top studio executive tells THR he is “completely devastated” by Clinton’s loss. Still another notes the paucity of phone calls coming in Wednesday morning as the industry focused on Clinton’s concession speech, followed by President Obama’s live address. “Safe to say it’s been an unusually quiet morning,” says the exec.

“It feels weird to conduct business as usual,” says a producer elsewhere. “How can we focus on make-believe stories when the real world seems to need so much help?”

The mood was decidedly “quiet and morose” inside UTA, a major talent brokerage that boasts Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, and Joel and Ethan Coen among its clients. Stunned employees sat quietly in rows of desks Wednesday morning, reading Zimmer’s missive urging staff to contact clients and assuage their fears.

The question on everyone lips this morning was “How?” How could the vast polling and political punditry complex have been so far off — and how did no one inside Hollywood, save for Michael Moore, see this historic upset coming?

And yet one established Hollywood agent has a different take, even though he voted for Clinton. “This is a town that rewards disgusting behavior, so people being upset is hypocritical,” says the agency partner. “What the cool kids are upset about is that someone they don’t like and someone who is not part of the cool kids, won. Time to grow up and move on.



19 responses to “Hollywood Studios, Agencies in a Daze After Trump Win: ‘Many of Us Will Be Scared and Threatened’

  1. Talk about drama! If I can survive 8 years of Obama (my liberties and free thoughts were threatened) get over yourselves, you can easily survive a few conservative principles.

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  3. Scared and threatened from what? (And these are people who make scads of gun-heavy actions flicks while getting paid mad $$$ and complaining about how bad guns are…. )

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  4. bunch of sissies and hypocrites

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  5. Aw…poor babies :0(

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  6. DCG . . . this is an excellent post! Thank you. The antics of the Hollywood left leaves the rest of us flabbergasted . . . these weirdos truly thought they knew what was best for the country. It just goes to show, they all drink the Kool-Aid . . . and it causes severe brain damage.

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  7. Amy of these douche-bags on the list to self deport upon a Trump Win. Maybe somebody can start a go fund me page they can only cash in on it in another country.

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  8. “Trying to alleviate anxiety and anger” what the heck is this, a group of sixth graders? Can’t a group of supposedly adults be held responsible for their own emotions without being told what to do and how to react?
    No wonder Hollywood is going down the tubes in every way.
    Another great one DCG.

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  9. Hey, Hollyweirdos, this guy feels your pain:

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  10. Many great quotes in your post out of their own mouths. Truly they are in another universe. Their fear & anxiety comes from believing the lies scripted by their buddies running network news channels.

    “How can we focus on make-believe stories when the real world seems to need so much help?”

    Is he just figuring that out? Better late than never!

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  11. Well, the Hildebeast does not look scared here, although her Hollyweird sycophants are curled up in fetal positions or looking for terrorists under their custom made beds. I have to say the beast looks well here, a sudden transformation for sure.

    So a total stranger, heartbroken and all, can embrace the beast in the woods while she and Bill are on a hike with their dogs. Where’s her large entourage of paid escorts? They let her out in the woods by herself just with Bubba and the dogs? I believe this is staged. Comments on target too.

    As Trump met with Obama, Hillary Clinton went for a hike in New York


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  12. Regarding the Hollyweirds, several Canadians have said these weirdos are not welcome in Canada. The country has strict rules about not letting insane Americans across the border. Voting for Hillary classifies you as insane.

    As for seeking freedom in Canada, the country is under constitutional monarchy with 36 million individuals residing there. On January 1, 2016 there were 4,668,934 laws on the books north of the border.

    Joseph in BC, you abide by all – right? Not sure if we have more or less for the 300 million+ here. Need to find out.

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  13. I believe the main reason the liberals are so unrealistically upset is that on some level of their consciousness, they know that their reign has come to an end. The majority of American citizens are not in alignment with the NWO Agenda 21 or any of the global elites one world agendas. Also, the liberals who are so upset over this loss have been living in unreality for so long, have been possessed by evilness for so long and their world of unreality has just been burst wide open – they literally can’t handle reality! They’re evil guru, the Democrat/Communist/Clinton, et al, has been shot dead and they are feeling it and are now in the process of being cut free if they so choose. They’re like the drug addict who’s going through the process of recovery with the withdrawals and reality being forced upon them. The fight isn’t over and we must continue strengthening the positive rise back up – the evil ones aren’t going to give up. We must also pray for the disturbed and hurt souls of the liberals. Ask for the comfort flame of the Holy Spirit to heal their unreality and spiritual wounds. The Holy Spirit works miracles.

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  14. HA HA HA! Good, the evil ones are sad. Boo hoo. They are sad that they thought their commie pal Hil Liar would get installed. Personally, so did I. Glad it did not happen.
    I’m getting sick of the lying media whining CONSTANTLY that their commie leader didn’t get installed. I wonder if since Trump made it public about the elections possibly being rigged that it kept from being rigged this time.
    I think the fact that Hilary did not get the ‘prize’ of the presidency is awesome all by itself. She can be infested by demons and refuse to repent or ask God for forgiveness for all the people she’s had killed. I hope she chooses the latter and gets her soul saved.
    I just have this sneaking suspicion that those evil doers have other plans up their sleeve like they always do. Just never give up, that is what evil wants us all to do. And, if you don’t give up, evil will not prevail.
    Woohoo! 😀

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  15. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Hollyweeds think the sun comes up just to hear them crow. My response is don’t go to the movies, don’t watch the pay movies on TV, and just leave them alone because – they are riding so hard and forget they put themselves up – wet.



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