Producer Colleen Bradley Bell has been nominated by President Obama to be the U.S. ambassador to Hungary, the White House announced Wednesday. Colleen Bell, of Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc., is credited as a producer on the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful. She also is a member of the board of trustees at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and is part of Hollywood’s royal family, credited with creating the two most successful daytime dramas in TV history; The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.
In the lead-up to the President’s re-election general campaign, a January 2012 fundraising event co-sponsored by Will Ferrell was held at the Holmby Hills home of Bell and her husband, Bradley Bell, Bold and the Beautiful three-time Emmy Award-winning head writer and executive producer. The series was co-created by his parents, the late William J. Bell and his wife, Beverly Hills and Chicago socialite Lee Phillip Bell.
Other industry notables have been nominated to administration posts this year.
James Costos, HBO’s vice president global licensing and retail, consumer marketing, was nominated by the President to be the ambassador to Spain. Costos was confirmed in August 2013. Alias producer Crystal Nix-Hines was nominated as a U.S. rep for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
The Department of State ambassador position to Hungary was previously held by Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis from January 2010 to July 2013.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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