As was widely expected, President Barack Obama today named James Costos as next Ambassador to Spain. The HBO VP of Global Licensing and Retail was a big bundler for Obama’s reelection campaign last year and co-hosted fundraisers in both LA and NYC along with his partner Michael Smith. Despite the big bucks Obama raised from Hollywood last year, Costos is the only industry member to be named to such a post so far. Another big Obama fundraiser Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had been said to be angling to be named Ambassador to either her birth country of the United Kingdom or France but the Court of St. James post ended up going to other big money backer while the current rep in Paris, former Henson Company CEO Charles Rivkin, remains the same.
Costos, who joined HBO back in 2006, was named today along with five other Ambassadorial nominations. “It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this Administration to serve the American people. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” said the President in a statement. Of course, Costos might not want to give up his present gig right away. Being nominated for the post isn’t an assurance that he will become the next representative to Spain. Costos will still have to go through a confirmation vote from the full Senate, a body whose GOP members have consistently held up Obama appointments.
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