Crystal Nix-Hines was nominated today by her old friend President Barack Obama to be the U.S.’ Permanent Representative to the UN’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Currently Of Counsel specializing in entertainment law and IP at LA’s Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, the former State Department employee was a writer, executive editor and co-producer on big Obama fan JJ Abrams’ Alias from 2002-2003. Having worked on the corporate side from 1992 to 1993 as assistant to Capital Cities/ABC Inc’s legal SVP, Nix-Hines was a consulting producer and writer on ABC’s 2005 female-president series Commander-In-Chief. She also wrote for The Practice in 2001 and 2002. “I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” said Obama today in announcing the former primetime producer and others for diplomatic posts. The job has to be confirmed by the Senate.Unlike many out here on the Coast, Nix-Hines’ connection with the president is a more than just Hollywood deep. The lawyer is a high school and Harvard Law School friend of Obama’s. Not that such friendship doesn’t come without a lot of giving: Nix-Hines was a major fundraiser for the president’s re-election campaign last year. The former New York Times reporter and TV scribe raised $476,900 in 2011 and 2012 for the incumbent and has raised more than $1.2M for Obama since he first announced his race for the White House back in 2007.
Despite all the dough that Hollywood raised for Obama and the Democrats last year, this is only the second member of the entertainment industry to be given a plum post. In June, HBO VP Global Licensing and Retail James Costos was nominated as the next US Ambassador to Spain.