Beverly Hills, CA. August 13, 2015 Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents annual Grants Dinner Thursday night from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The HFPA will present more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations and scholarship programs. Pictured: Jamie Lee Curtis arrives on the red carpet.
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Andrew Thomas, like all consultants, is happy that we are not living in 1996 anymore, with dial-up internet: “Like all of us in this industry, Alan Nierob who represents the likes of Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere, Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, and others is grateful for video conferencing but cautions: “mso-themecolor:text1’>Most of my clients have really been embracing the “work from home” life and have found it a sense of relief doing their own hair and makeup and wearing comfortable clothes from their closets. They are in this the same as all of us and have no problem portraying themselves exactly as they are. That being said, when there’s a photoshoot, they like to consult their stylists on what to wear. But for interviews, it’s less of a bother.

For those who want to put out positive messaging right now and help those in need, I encourage them to do so, as long as it is genuine and will not be perceived as opportunistic.”, says Anonymous, “for those who have a project to promote, I tell them it’s fine to put themselves out there and talk about their work. People need a distraction from what’s going on right now in the world, and entertainment is one of the best distractions out there.” Smith agrees: “Sclients,for color:black;mso-themecolor:text1’>. Others"Arial",sans-serif;color:black;mso-themecolor:text1’>,color:black;mso-themecolor:text1’>”

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All agree on one thing: Covid-19 has changed the industry and some new practices are here to stay, even if everyone misses the physical interaction with their colleagues and clients and previously harmlessly popping into someone’s office for a quick chat, a brainstorm or just a coffee.