Former White House Press Secretary Gets a Top Job at Warner Bros. NY Times
A former White House press secretary has been named to a top job at Warner Bros.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the new executive VP for worldwide corporate communications and public affairs at Warner Bros. will be Dee Dee Myers, who was once press secretary to Bill Clinton.
Myers replaces nine-year Warner Bros. veteran Sue Fleishman, who is leaving the company.
According to the story, "Until Myers assumes the post [on Sept. 2, 2014], Jim Noonan, Warner Bros.' senior vice president of worldwide strategic promotions and communications, will serve as the interim head of corporate communications."
In Variety's account of this story the trade paper notes, "This isn’t the first time Myers has been involved with Warner Bros. As the first female White House press secretary during President Clinton’s initial two years in office, Myers was the inspiration for Allison Janney’s C.J. Cregg, a press secretary in Aaron Sorkin’s 'The West Wing,' which was produced by Warner Bros. TV. Sorkin recruited Myers to be a consultant on the show."
The Variety story also adds, "Fleishman, who will depart the company immediately, said the following in a statement. 'It was a great run at a wonderful company. I would like to thank everyone at Warner Bros., particularly my exceptional team, for making each day fun and rewarding.'
"Myers will be relocating from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles."
Furthermore, Myers told Variety, "Obviously I have a lot to learn. In politics there are a lot of complex issues and a lot of different stakeholders. The news media is interested in everything that happens. So how do you then position your fill in the blank [issue] to meet those challenges? I thought that’s where things were comparable to entertainment.”