Bayh, Dean on Tinseltown watch
Democratic presidential contender traffic remains heavy in Hollywood.Following Mark Warner and John Edwards last week, Democratic Party chair Howard Dean and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh have been in town this week, meeting with Hollywood’s donor set. Bayh, who’s been in L.A. since Monday and leaves today, has called on DreamWorks partner David Geffen, 20th Century Fox chair Jim Gianopulos and Atmosphere Entertainment CEO and chairman Mark Canton. He also stopped by a fund-raiser hosted by Mike Medavoy of Phoenix Pictures. L.A. trip was Bayh’s fourth in the last year. In his West Coast travels he’s also met with News Corp.’s Peter Chernin, ICM honcho Jeff Berg, the Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Casey Wasserman. He’s given no indication that he’s running in 2008, but Dean was in town on Wednesday, concentrating on the mid-term elections. He’s been outlining a strategy for unifying the party’s message by the fall. Dean’s schedule included a fund-raiser for congressional candidate Francine Busby at the home of Arianna Huffington. He also attended a reception and dinner at the home of entertainment attorney Skip Brittenham and actress Heather Thomas, where attendees also included DreamWorks’ Andy Spahn. Warner swung through town last week for several industry meet-and-greets (Daily Variety, Feb. 16). Edwards was in town last Thursday when he joined actor Danny Glover at a rally for Unite Here’s hotel worker-organizing campaign. Later that evening, he attended a small dinner at Ca’Brea to discuss how the entertainment industry could support the union. Among those in attendance were Glover, activist Victoria Hopper, “Nip/Tuck” actress Roma Maffia, AFTRA prexy John Connelly and Unite Here chiefs Bruce Raynor and John Wilhelm. Stop was part of a four-city swing that also included San Francisco, San Diego and Chicago.