After Ari Emanuel's Trump Meeting, Who Benefits?

The Hollywood Reporter

In this new political-entertainment climate, it's Six Degrees of Ari Emanuel.

The WME-IMG co-CEO met with President-elect Donald Trump, his former client, on Sunday in New Jersey. Although the agency declined to comment on the nature of their meeting, it is said that Emanuel was looking to discuss some of the early decisions facing Trump, such as cabinet appointments.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in June, Trump called Emanuel, who represented him on his Apprentice deals, "a very good friend" and said that they call one another a lot. What's intriguing is that Emanuel is a Democrat, and his circle includes many of the most influential or politically outspoken figures in Hollywood and the media.

For one, Emanuel represents much of MSNBC's bench, including Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Chris Matthews and Lawrence O'Donnell. The left-leaning cable news network will become the opposition voice to the new Republican-controlled government, but it's unclear how much access any journalists will be given to the White House.

In a sit-down with more than a dozen executives and anchors from top TV news outlets on Monday, Trump excoriated the mainstream media in what a source told the New York Post was "like a f - ing firing squad." Other journalists in Emanuel's orbit include his client Scott Pelley of CBS News and friend Charlie Rose.

Emanuel, whose brother Rahm is the Democratic mayor of Chicago and President Barack Obama's former White House chief of staff, also is point agent for outspoken liberal documentarian Michael Moore, whose election-timed release Hollywood Holidays: Milly Designer Shares a Thanksgiving Bread Pudding Recipe