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Garcetti campaign announces endorsements from entertainment industry

Eric Garcetti

Howard Pasamanick

Councilman Eric Garcetti has represented the Hollywood area for 12 years. Today, his mayoral campaign announced support from some of the industry's biggest CEOs.

Eric Garcetti has represented Hollywood since 2001 and on Wednesday his mayoral campaign released the names of 200 actors, producers and writers who are supporting him for the city’s top billing.

The list of endorsements follows the recent release of a video in which actress Salma Hayek sings Garcetti’s praises. The councilman’s supporters include former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime, and Irving Azoff of Live Nation Entertainment. 

“I am proud to have earned support from so many Hollywood leaders,” Garcetti said in a statement. “More than a half-million jobs in our community are tied to our entertainment industry, and I will make sure we are always the entertainment capital of the world."

However, Hollywood's support for Garcetti has not coalesced into an independent political action committee as is the case with his main opponent, Wendy Greuel. A group called Working Californians, comprised of several Hollywood executives and the DWP employees' union, is raising money on behalf of Greuel. 

Greuel's career includes a stint at DreamWorks — the studio headed by Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. 

Next week, Moby will appear with Will Ferrell and Jimmy Kimmel at The Fonda Theatre at an event supporting Garcetti. Kimmel, whose late night talk show tapes on Hollywood Boulevard, is a longtime Garcetti supporter, going so far as to speak at the former council president’s 2011 sendoff.

A full list of Garcetti’s entertainment industry endorsements is available on his website.

To see a list of donations to the candidates from actors and actresses, click here.

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