I’ve been watching Arrested Development (damn them for cancelling it, by the way) recently and have been thinking about how so many good comedies are created by Jewish people. Curb Your Enthusisam, Seinfeld, etc. Too many to name.
Evidently there’s been an effort to convince people that Hollywood is not predominantly controlled by Jews. I guess I understand that given history’s treatment of the group; so maybe the idea is to stay off the radar to avoid some sort of backlash in the future. Fair enough.
But I hate when the truth is obscured for whatever reason–even (or especially) when the reason has something to do with a sensitive subject. So, yeah, I think it’s true. Jews are extremely influential in Hollywood. In fact, a recent Joel Stein piece in the Los Angeles Times says that all eight of Hollywood’s main film studios are run by Jews. He goes on to give these most excellent quotes:
How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish).
The Jews are so dominant, I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies. When I called them to talk about their incredible advancement, five of them refused to talk to me, apparently out of fear of insulting Jews. The sixth, AMC President Charlie Collier, turned out to be Jewish.
Again, so what? The real interesting thing here isn’t the fact that there are so many Jews in Hollywood; the interesting thing is that they’ve found some sort of algorithm for success (and not just in Hollywood, either). We should be spending less time talking about whether this is true and more time commending them and studying how they did it in order to replicate it. ::