A longtime supporter of the president today got one of the plum cultural patronage gifts the commander-in-chief can hand out. Barack Obama appointed CAA’s Bryan Lourd to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “These men and women have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers,” the president said in announcing Lourd’s nomination among a plethora of other appointments. “I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
The appointment today brings a little bit more Hollywood to the often glittering Kennedy Center. The CAA partner and superagent joins superproducer Shonda Rhimes at the D.C.-based cultural institution. The president appointed the Scandal co-creator and big Democratic contributor to the Kennedy Center board back in September 2013. HBOs Michael Lombardo, another big Obama supporter, also is on the board.
This isn’t the first such honor Obama has given Lourd. Back in 2009, the agent was appointed to the advisory President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Lourd has been a frequent presence at the various Hollywood fundraisers the president and first lady Michelle Obama have headlined over the years. In June 2012, Obama even slipped into CAA for a power meeting organized by Lourd with top industry types and talent. No word if Lourd will be at the event at Gwyneth Paltrow’s house on October 9 here in LA that the President is attending to raise cash for the DNC.
As well as the new KC post, Lourd also serves on InterActiveCorp, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, J/P Haitian Relief Organization and is a Trustee of the AFI – sounds like just the man for his new gig.