John Kerry Meets With Hollywood Studio Chiefs to Discuss ISIS

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Secretary of State John Kerry met with the heads of major studios on Tuesday to talk about how to counter the ISIS narrative.

“Great convo w/ studio execs in LA. Good to hear their perspectives & ideas of how to counter #Daesh narrative,” Kerry tweeted, along with a photo of his meeting with Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group; MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd; Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara; DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg; 20th Century Fox Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos; 20th Century Fox Co-Chair Stacey Snider; Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Motion Picture Production; Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley; Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group; Universal Pictures President Jimmy Horowitz; Amblin Partners CEO Michael Wright; and NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer.

Daesh is an acronym for the Arabic phrase “al-Dawla al-Islamiya fil Iraq wa al-Sham,” another term for ISIS. The terrorist group reportedly hates the term, but western leaders have been using it instead of Islamic State.

The meeting was held at Universal Studios, and lasted about 90 minutes.

One attendee who was there said that the executives also exchanged ideas and observations about studio worldwide marketing of movies and TV shows, a way of showing how narrative storytelling can cross cultures. The attendee described part of the gathering as a “brainstorming session,” including how to involve storytellers in regions afflicted or threatened by ISIS, as a way to counter the narratives promulgated by the terrorist organization. “Let’s figure out how to involve people who are there,” the attendee said.

The meeting was organized by Shell, who is chair of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Kerry is a member of the board. Rick Stengel, under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, suggested that they set up a meeting with Kerry in Los Angeles after the summit with Asian leaders in Palm Springs this past weekend.

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  1. Ima Right says:

    The left wing lying media and Hollyweird and other progressives outlets created the monster myth of
    Obomba the Great and millions of dope brainwashed morons voted for him just like Germans did in 30’s!

  2. “The terrorist [by what definition?] group reportedly hates the term [citationeeded]”
    Why would they prefer an English title (which coincidentally shares initials with Israeli Secret Intelligence Service) to an Arabic one?

  3. John Kerry – not the sharpest tool in the shed, but definitely a TOOL! What’s he gonna do, get that old has-been James Taylor to come out again and serenade ISIS with “You’ve Got a Friend”?

  4. blue2oons says:

    easy to see why the bigs wanted to keep the meeting secret…pols don’t want to give up the hollywood they need to bash for the nations ills, but they’re up against some serious policy and ops failures…”so if you guys could just help out some…maybe have a cabdriver with an isis tee run over a salvation army santa…you know, hey, we don’t pretend to know how it works…just sayin’….”

  5. doctorbukk says:

    Nothing can be done about the “Religion of Gonads” unless they end polygamy, which creates a rabid, inbred class of unmarried, sex-starved bachelors. They are streaming into Europe to find women to rape. They conquered 3 continents to find women to rape. The liberals are now intent on making polygamy legal in America!

    An action film isn’t going to accomplish anything. What’s needed is ruthless ridicule and documentation of their slavery, poverty, social dysfunction, consanguineous marriages, brutality toward woman and the venomous passages in the Koran. But these hypocritical limousine liberals don’t want their dogs poisoned! Our clergy, media, Hollywood and academics are utterly contemptible for their cowardice.

    The other day, ISIS stoned four women to death for adultery because they were caught being raped! They buried them up to their shoulders and a mob of men joyfully took part. Is some movie with Bradley Cooper going to stop that???? Will ending “Climate Change” stop that????

  6. fred johnson says:

    Hollywood hasnt had an original idea in 75 years… why would Kerry care what they think? Oh right… he doesn’t, its just a taxpayer funded vacation.

  7. Jack says:

    He wants to buy 10,000 light sabers for the Marines I suppose.

  8. PROPAGANDA! This is where it is spawned.

  9. Mike Young says:

    That’s the ticket! Surely, they will know what to do.

    • doctorbukk says:

      Why didn’t they invite Amy Carter, the teenaged daughter whom president Jimmy Carter consulted for advice? Did Kerry ask these moguls to end Climate Change so ISIS will become peaceful?

  10. Dori says:

    What a load of crap. All this is about is a way to send taxpayer money to Hollywood liberals to buy votes in an election year. It reminds me of the coordination between the German government and the media during the 30s. Propaganda paid for out of the pockets of hard working Americans.

  11. Zelkie says:

    More likely that they want Hollywood to create propaganda to get victims of ISIS to welcome their overlords.

  12. hitrestart1 says:

    Unbelievable. This situation, like this administration, is wrong on so many levels.

  13. Obama and Kerry can’t imagine turning to generals or admirals for advice on how to destroy ISIS, so instead they turn to Hollywood. Pretty interesting summary statement on what is wrong with this administration.

  14. WallyG says:

    Yes, whenever there’s a political crisis in America, democrats turn to Hollywood for the answer. So will this be a comedy or an action thriller?

  15. mewp1 says:

    So lame, but look at it this way it is better than his talking world leaders.

  16. N C Murphy says:

    Didn’t Obama just give a speech yesterday about how Donald Trump couldn’t be president because its not about TV and the movies and its serious business Mr. reality TV show himself, and Model on the covers of GQ and so forth and now John Kerry in Hollywood asking a bunch of perverted clueless thieves how to talk about ISIS. A true hipocrit and a bunch of losers

  17. tdrag says:

    The real reason for this meeting was to arrange the coverup movie when Clinton, Kerry, and Obama’s “deals” with Iran and other terrorists are finally revealed.

    • thinkingdownstream says:

      You are probably correct in terms of what’s *really* going on… For today’s government liberal establishment, it’s all about the narrative, power and money. Other than a different narrative, the GOP establishment is far more the same than different.

      We need a disruptive president that will rally the people against the crony-government as it stands and bash the holy crap out of the Dem-Rep political establishment.

  18. toots says:

    Really what is Hollywood going to do to combat ISIS other than he is giving out secret information to non secure people What a total disgrace

  19. N C Murphy says:

    His daughters husbands’ best man is a big Iranian official go figure how we were never told that about this freak.

  20. Now why would the people care what the studio heads have to say? Interesting how government goes to corporate America instead of coming to the people? WTF?

  21. Oh, I thought Mr, Kerry was scolding Hollywood for being mean to ISIS. Hollywood should be more friendly and understanding.

  22. Kristen McFarland says:

    I’d have to wonder why? Has the job of the Secretary of State have to gain the approval of Hollywood or is this all just a reality program? This surely indicates to those paying attention that our ‘Winter Soldier’ of almost fifty years ago hasn’t changed a single bit. He’s still an idiot.

  23. B Da Truth says:

    He should go back to see what his Iranian friends have to say about ISIS, and then stay there.

  24. o_o says:

    …172 comments? Who are you people?!

  25. Hank O. says:

    “Let’s figure out how to involve people who are there,” the attendee said.
    Kerry was spellbound.

  26. Suzy C. says:

    Thought maybe they were talking an Addam’s Family remake.

  27. J Alan says:

    This is embarrassing. This Administration is a joke.

  28. Churyl Minne says:

    Jews that continue to vote Democratic are voting against themselves and Israel. Obama, Hillary et al want to get rid of it. Somehow they think that will pacify these crazy islamists.

  29. that is who you meet with to discuss terrorist, Hollywood, counting till Obuna is gone

  30. Michael Dunn says:

    What did James Taylor say?

  31. lingsun54 says:

    Funny how Kerry does this. The Obama administration has been arming ISIS for years. They CREATED ISIS for all practical purposes. Obama wants to create an Islamic state that will destroy Israel. That’s why he’s working to overthrow secular middle east rulers and replace them with jihad-friendly governments.

  32. Evidently Kerry has given up on his dream of receiving a Nobel Prize, and has decided to pursue winning an Oscar.

    • tdrag says:

      An Oscar would be more appropriate considering that everything Kerry says or does is made up. He’s hoping to turn it into a science fiction script.

  33. stewart says:

    It’s only a matter of time before we’re being shown, on the Telly, how warm and fuzzy these folks really are. And the name? What else but “Happy Daesh”?

  34. Franko K. says:

    Obama could had assisted with those wanting to revolt in Iran in his first year but demurred. Bet the meeting was all fluff to keep Follywood elites in the Democrats’ $$$$ grasp.

    • Dori says:

      Bingo. It is a way to funnel taxpayer money to Hollywood to buy votes and have that tax money “donated” back to dems in an election year. That is how it is done.

  35. Neal says:

    It is true what people are saying about John Kerry. But maybe unwittingly he is turning this over to people who can do something about DAESH.

  36. Bill LLandrigan says:

    Once a coward………..

  37. bill1942 says:

    Wow! Finally some decisive action by our Secretary of State. Too bad it’s worthless.

  38. saw03xy says:

    they were talking about making another video so they can blame the next attack on that instead of incompetence

  39. Mike Austin says:

    Please tell me this is a parody? What have you progressive nit wits done to this country?

  40. sasintexas says:

    If this is the best we can do we might as well all give up and let the far left nutcase’s in Hollywood control defeating Isis. They can show them the video that caused the Benghazi massacre that ought to teach them. Then again we could just send Kerry straight to them carrying a white flag now I would pay money to see his reception, evil meet stupid.

  41. Wiley Thruster says:

    Ideas 1-10: Make sure all your villains are white conservative Christians.

  42. This nitwit is wasting taxpayers time and money! Next to Hillary, he is the most useless Sec of State this country has ever had!!

  43. I think Kerry should go to Warner Bros. and speak with Will E Coyote and see what he would do with ISIS. Coyote ” I would roll a big rock on a hill and push it over when ISIS gets under it” and if that doesn’t work I have access to a lot of ACME explosives.

  44. Jim says:

    Obviously the administration is desperate to do anything other than the only real remedy, destroy ISIS by force.

  45. JT says:

    How exactly does talking to a group of narcisstic baffoons help defeat ISIS?

  46. Alan says:

    Only a Democrat would meet with Hollywierd to discuss a war with ISIS. Anyone else would meet with the Pentagon.

  47. John says:

    You and your boss are too weak and pathetic to actually destroy lSlS so maybe you want to make a movie about destroying them – next best thing……….. “Capricorn One II”

  48. Minnie Hallman says:

    What will they do to Daesh? Entertain them to death?

  49. George says:

    This man continues to demonstrate his incompetancy.

  50. AnnaM says:

    Wow, all of you people sound like you don’t know the U.S. government has used Hollywood to control the narrative and our perceptions of their dealings since Hollywood first sprung up on the map.

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