An HBO executive was named an ambassador to a major country today, Friday, June 14, 2013, by President Obama, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The story says, "James Costos, HBO’s vp of retail and licensing and a key fundraiser for the president, has been named Ambassador to Spain, the Obama administration announced Friday."
The story continues, "The choice of Costos puts half of a high-profile gay couple in a key post. His partner, White House decorator Michael Smith, previously was said to be interested in a diplomatic post, though Smith’s spokesman adamantly denied that chatter. The couple co-hosted key Obama fundraisers in L.A. and New York."
The article adds, " ‘HBO series, like "Sex in the City," "The Newsroom" or "Veep," are among the victims of online piracy, one of the main worries of the American concerns about Spain,’ Spanish daily El Mundo wrote last weekend in a two-page spread speculating on Costos and Smith’s potential imminent arrival in the country. ‘If his appointment is confirmed, Costos will be particularly sensitive to this subject and ready to pressure the Spanish government to control the illegal downloads of video and books.’ A 2012 GFK study for the Anti-Piracy Federation estimated that some 84 percent of digital content consumed in Spain comes from illegal downloads."