That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
A group of producers and politicos have launched a new film company, First Tuesday Media, with “an eye toward playing a major role in the 2008 election,” reports the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza in his political blog The Fix.
Those involved include Chris Moore, exec producer of Project Greenlight and the “American Pie” movies; PR exec Katie McGrath Abrams, wife of “Lost” executive producer J.J. Abrams; Jenno Topping, exec producer of the most recent “Charlie’s Angels” films; and Chris Keyser, producer on “Party of Five.” The “face of the group” is Laura Nichols, who was the longtime aide to Rep. Richard Gephardt.
The group already has produced an energy video for the Center for American Progress, and work for the Sierra Club and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. As Cillizza writes, the “true potential for First Tuesday would be as the prime vendor for some iteration of 2004’s Media Fund, which spent $58 million on television ads in the 2004 election cycle, and was run by another Gephardt operative, Erik Smith.”
The idea isn’t entirely novel, as filmmakers routinely help out favored candidates. Steven Spielberg, for instance, supervised John Kerry’s 2004 film for the Democratic Convention, and Spike Jonze did the same for Al Gore in 2000.
But it’s often been a bit of a tenuous situation between a presidential campaign and Hollywood’s creative community, especially in the final weeks of a race. On the campaign trail, often what sets in is a “leave it to the pros mentality,” often for good reason.
This group, however, is a much more formal approach to backing up political endorsements with an actual message, and it sounds like their plans are to focus more on progressive issues rather than individual campaigns.
Wardrobe Woes: CBS argued in federal court that the feds’ $550,000 fine for its airing of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Superbowl was unjusitified and a violation of due process.
Hunt for Red November: Last week referenced the movie that Fred Thompson has been running at various campaign appearances, “The Hunt for Red November.” Here’s the YouTube post.