Report: Hollywood Talent Agency Forming PAC To Fight For Diversity
Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG has taken steps to form a political action committee that will fight for “the diversity of our backgrounds and beliefs,” Reuters reports. (RELATED: Trump Defends His Executive Order: ‘This Is Not A Muslim Ban’)
A memo from the talent agency did not mention President Trump’s name. Employees were reportedly told that the agency plans to develop “actionable public policy solutions” and connect their clients with politicians from both political parties. (RELATED: Iranian Film Director Skipping Oscars Over Trump Immigration Ban)
“This company’s greatest asset is the diversity of our backgrounds and beliefs,” the memo read. “Please know that we will do everything in our power to support and protect this diversity now and in the months and years ahead.”
In addition, the United Talent Agency (UTA) announced Wednesday, that it had canceled its annual Oscars party and instead will host a pre-Oscar rally on Feb. 24 two days before the awards show to protest “anti-immigrant sentiment” in the country.
“If our nation ceases to be the place where artists the world over can come to express themselves freely, then we cease, in my opinion, to be America,” UTA executive Jeremy Zimmer said.
UTA said in addition they would be donating $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and the humanitarian group International Rescue Committee.
Actress Susan Sarandon praised UTA’s move.
“So proud of my agency. Well done,” Sarandon tweeted.
So proud of my agency. Well done! https://t.co/UIe1xVBzCZ
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) February 9, 2017
The agency represents Asghar Faradi, the Iranian director whose film “The Salesman” has been nominated in the foreign language film category. Farahadi said he will not attend the event in protest of the president’s immigration pause. The actress of the film, Taraneh Ailidoosti, also is planning to boycott the event for the same reason.