POLIWOOD: Tin Ears in Tinseltown - Will Hollywood Miss the Impact of the Election?
Everyone knows that Hollywood -- most of it anyway -- pulls the Democratic lever on election day. And everyone also knows that this particular election day wasn't particularly good for those who pulled that lever (or punched that hole or whatever they did).
One of the few exceptions was California where, of course, Hollywood resides. But the entertainment industry is national, indeed global, and its leadership should be highly tuned to the national mood. After all, those are the people buying tickets, disdained as they have been as rubes in "flyover" country.
In the old days, Hollywood knew better. Groucho Marx always said he made his movies for the "Barber in Peru" (Peru, Indiana). Of course those movies have lasted pretty well.
The question that Lionel Chetwynd and I deal with in the new Poliwood -- Tin Ears in Tinseltown: Will Hollywood Miss the Impact of the Election? -- is obviously whether Hollywood is going to change because of what transpired last week.
Many factors weigh into this -- the expansion of foreign markets and financing quite significantly -- but I suspect there will be some sort of change. You won't see it immediately, of course. Motion picture and television productions don't happen in a week. Movies often take years to reach the screen. And, as Lionel mentions on the show, it might not come from traditional Hollywood sources, but it's clear people are thinking about how to reach this other large part of the American public. There's money to be made, whatever your ideology.