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Obama Nominates Producer Colleen Bell to be Ambassador to Hungary

Colleen Bradley Bell, producer for soap opera production company Bell-Phillip Television Prods., has been nominated as ambassador to Hungary, becoming the latest of President Obama’s campaign supporters to be tapped for foreign posts.

Bell’s nomination must be approved by the Senate. She raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign, according to its disclosure of campaign bundlers. According to the New York Times, the actual figure was more than $2.1 million by the fall of 2012.

She and her husband, Bradley Bell, executive producer and head writer for “The Bold and the Beautiful,” hosted Obama at a fund-raising event at their Holmby Hills home in February 2012.

Colleen Bell has served as a general trustee for the board of trustees at the Kennedy Center and was chair of an advisory committee on the arts for the org. She currently serves as the vice chair of the Children’s Institute and a trustee on the boards of directors of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Los Angeles Music Center.

Bell is the latest top fundraiser to be named to an ambassadorship. Others from Los Angeles include John Emerson, former president of Capital Group Private Client Services, who is now serving as ambassador to Germany, and political consultant Noah Mamet, who has been nominated as ambassador to Argentina. James Costos, a former HBO executive, is serving as ambassador to Spain.

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