Hollywood Insiders Cheer as Home State Star Kamala Harris Lands VP Spot

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The information that Kamala Harris would be part of the Democratic presidential ticket hit Hollywood with a jolt on Tuesday, as the leisure neighborhood celebrated the elevation of its home-state senator.

Harris has long-standing connections to the trade, due to greater than a decade as a rising star in California politics. Her showbiz connections additionally come near house. Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, is an leisure lawyer at DLA Piper in Century Metropolis.

Damon Lindelof, showrunner and creator of HBO’s “Watchmen,” has been a powerful supporter of Harris, co-hosting a fundraiser for her early within the 2020 presidential campaigning.

“I didn’t notice how excited I’d be till the second I heard Kamala was the choose,” Lindelof informed Selection. “I really pumped my fist and stated ‘Sure! Yeeeeeeessss!’ and it’s completely OK that I used to be alone once I did it. My spouse Heidi and I’ve been large supporters since we first met her — we couldn’t think about a greater candidate to make historical past.”

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Producer Donna Langley and Kamala Harris attend Selection’s 2014 Energy of Ladies celebration.
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ICM Companions CEO Chris Silbermann additionally hosted a fundraiser for Harris throughout her run for Senate in 2016. He praised Harris as “a terrific alternative.”

“She’s powerful,” Silbermann informed Selection. “She’s going to be a terrific campaigner. She’s received the right combination of heat and charisma and toughness that’s so arduous to return by. She’s actually sturdy and balances Biden out in an effective way.”

Throughout her personal marketing campaign for the presidency final yr, Harris was the main recipient of Hollywood {dollars}.

“Lots of people have deep relationships” with Harris, stated Lara Bergthold, companion at Rally Communications. “They admire the craft of politics — the media craft — and are excited in regards to the power and engagement she’ll deliver, and the way she’ll deliver it to Trump in an actual method.”

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden additionally has sturdy ties to the enterprise, and is particularly remembered for his early assist for homosexual marriage. However Harris — a veteran of the high-dollar donor circuit — will be anticipated to tackle a particular accountability to lift cash in Hollywood within the closing months of the marketing campaign.

A local of Oakland, Calif., Harris brings a wealth of expertise from her years as district legal professional for San Francisco, adopted by her historic election as California’s legal professional basic. In 2017, she moved into the U.S. Senate seat held for 23 years by Barbara Boxer. Harris shouldn’t be solely the primary Black girl and the primary girl of Asian American descent to be chosen for a significant social gathering presidential ticket, she’s additionally the primary native Californian to run on a Democratic presidential ticket.

Harris has had high-wattage trade backing from the beginning. Among the many contributors to her first statewide marketing campaign in 2010 had been Jamie Foxx, Tyra Banks, Aaron Sorkin and Steven Spielberg. Chris Rock and Disney Tv Studios/ABC Leisure chief Dana Walden had been among the many donors to Harris’ first bid for San Francisco district legal professional in 2003. Amongst Harris’ closest mates is Chrisette Hudlin, former leisure PR government and the spouse of director-producer Reginald Hudlin.

On Tuesday, “The Chi” and “Twenties” creator/government producer Lena Waithe was among the many trade heavyweights who applauded the historic collection of Harris in an announcement to Selection.

“I’m very excited now we have a VP,” she stated. “Now, let’s get to work.”

Adam B. Differ, Cynthia Littleton and Marc Malkin contributed to this story.

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