Saudi Crown Prince Heads To Bel Air To Be Hosted By Fox Rape Channel’s Rupert Murdoch, Will Face Severe Protests


Less than four months after Saudi Arabia revealed it would be lifting its 35-year ban on public cinemas, heralding a rush of international investment into the kingdom’s nascent entertainment industry, its de facto ruler is making his first visit to Hollywood.


Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, on a whirlwind three-week tour of the U.S. to help firm up business ties and promote his country’s sweeping reforms, has a series of engagements planned from Monday, including a dinner party hosted by Rupert Murdoch.


Marking the 32-year-old royal’s trip, a three-day event entitled “Saudi Art Days” is being held by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture initiative at the Linwood Dunn Theater. Alongside a photography exhibit and the screening of 13 Saudi films, three industry panel discussions, featuring director Andy Tennant (Sweet Home Alabama, Hitch) and screenwriter Shauna Cross (Whip It, What to Expect When You’re Expecting), are set to discuss the future of filmmaking in Saudi Arabia.


On Wednesday, the country’s General Entertainment Authority is holding a major summit at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, where government ministers and investors from both the public and private sectors will talk about their experiences and the path to develop Saudi’s entertainment industry, which for decades has been practically non-existent due to strict Islamic laws.


But arguably the biggest date on Salman’s L.A. diary lands Monday night, when Murdoch throws a special dinner party at his Bel Air estate. The co-executive chairman of 21st Century Fox is understood to have also invited Disney CEO Bob Iger and Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara, giving the Crown Prince the opportunity to pick the brains of top entertainment industry brass.


While it’s unknown if any business dealings between Hollywood studios and Saudi Arabia are in the pipeline, the country’s Public Investment Fund is reportedly soon set to close its acquisition of a 5 to 10 percent stake in WME holding company Endeavor for $400 million and entertainment is being shaped as a major component of the kingdom’s future economy as part of a broader initiative to diversify away from oil.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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