She may not be a 2016 Presidential candidate yet but the former Secretary of State will be packing in a lot of face time with Hollywood over the next couple of days. On Friday afternoon, Hillary Clinton will be speaking along with her daughter Chelsea at an event co-sponsored by the Producers Guild of America and the Clinton Foundation. The focus of the gathering is education and national service. PGA President Mark Gordonwill give opening remarks and act as emcee for the event, I’ve learned. Rob Reiner, a big backer of President Bill Clinton and Hillary, will be moderating the conversation between the two Clintons. Claiming security reasons, the PGA and the foundation are staying mum about the event’s location. Also, like many recent Clinton events and her visit to San Francisco later this weekend, media are blocked from gathering. (UPDATE, 2:38 PM: The organizers don’t want to give out the location but Hillary Clinton’s PGA event tomorrow will be held at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, I’ve learned. It’s scheduled to run from approximately 1 PM to 3 PM on Friday.) The Clinton Foundation says that Scandal creator and recently named Kennedy Center board member Shonda Rhimes is scheduled to attend. CBS’ Nina Tassler, Shine America’s Rich Ross, Fox’s Kevin Reilly, Modern Family EP Steve Levitan, Parenthood EP Jason Katims and New Girl EP Liz Meriwether are also set to be there.
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This weekend will be Clinton’s second visit to the LA area in as many weeks. The former NY senator was last in town on October 30 for a $15,000-a-ticket fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of longtime supporter Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl. Harvey Weinstein, Neflix’s Ted Sarandos and Ted Danson (husband of old Clinton friend Mary Steenburgen) were among the 80 or so guests at the gathering. While Clinton was the star, the point of the event was to raise money for the Virginia gubernatorial campaign of close Clinton adviser Terry McAuliffe. The former DNC chair narrowly won the race this week.
After the PGA event, Clinton is scheduled Friday evening to receive an award and address the International Medical Corps gala at the Beverly Wilshire. With several attendees having donated over $100,000 each to the nonprofit, the big-ticket event for 800 guests includes Jeffery Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg among its co-hosts. The biggest bundler of President Obama’s re-election campaign and active in seeing Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell defeated in 2014, Katzenberg has become a must-have for any politician seeking Hollywood support. Clinton and the DreamWorks Animation chief are expected to meet privately during her visit to LA. On November 9, Clinton will be feted at the USC’s Mexican American Leadership Initiative brunch’s Shared Destiny Encounter Mali Awards.
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