State, city officials brief studio honchos on emergency procedures
In a bid to increase coordination of security efforts in the post-Sept. 11 world, top execs from the major film studios and television networks met with Gov. Gray Davis and Mayor James Hahn Monday morning.
Confab at the Beverly Hilton, which was not publicized in advance, was organized by MPAA topper Jack Valenti, according to industry sources. Among the execs attending: Sony’s Mel Harris, Universal’s Ron Meyer, CBS topper Leslie Moonves, Warner Bros.’ Alan Horn and Paramount’s Jonathan Dolgen.
Honchos were accompanied by their respective studio or network security chiefs. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca also attended.
“The whole point of the thing seemed to be to tell everyone, ‘This is your government, and we’re here for you,’ ” one attendee said of the powwow.
No specific security plans or measure were discussed during the roughly 90-minute session. Instead, state and city officials briefed execs on the various emergency procedures in place.
Execs were also briefed on fundamentals, such as how to handle suspicious-looking packages.
Monday’s meeting is the latest example of Hollywood-government cooperation over the past month. Last week, several network and studio honchos met with White House reps on how the industry could aid the war effort (Daily Variety, Oct. 18).