Pope Francis has arranged for a special meeting with Hollywood heavy-hitters at the Vatican later in the year.
The topic of the meeting is “Improving the church’s portrayal in Western entertainment.”
Sources insist that the William Morris Endeavor superagent and his co-CEO Patrick Whitesell are on a shortlist of media players whom representatives of the pontiff have approached for a special meeting at the Vatican this fall.
The pontiff is very interested about discussing how the church is perceived by Western media influencers and ways to improve its portrayal in entertainment.
The Vatican, which is said to be working with the nonprofit Varkey Foundation, came up with a list of Hollywood players to invite to a summit of sorts.
Film and television producer Brian Grazer, OWN mogul Oprah Winfrey, actor Matt Damon and semi-retired supermogul David Geffen also scored invites, according to sources.
WME declined to comment on whether Emanuel, the brother of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and the inspiration for Entourage’s Ari Gold, would accept the invitation to interact with the Catholic Church leader.