Committee Name: The Hollywood Blacklist: Meeting of Entertainment Executives, 1947
Organ: Councils, Boards, and Courts (CBCs)
Undersecretary-General: Jaebok Lee
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Claudia Leonor
Chair and Crisis Manager: Matty Bernstein and J.J. Woronoff
Topic A: Response to House Un-American Committee (HUAC) Investigation
Topic B: Creation of a United Entertainment Industry Front
The Topic Abstract for this committee can be accessed here.
A Letter from the Chair and Crisis Manager
Our names are Matty Bernstein and J.J. Woronoff and we are the Chair and Crisis Manager of the Hollywood Blacklist: Meeting of Entertainment Executives (1947)! We are excited to welcome you all to Washington, DC in February for a weekend of exhilarating debate and crises.
This committee will convene in 1947 in response to William Wilkerson’s article in the Hollywood Reporter that identified ten individuals in the entertainment community with supposed ties to communist activity and the impending investigation by the House Un-American Affairs Committee (HUAC). Set in the backdrop of post-World War II America, Americans are more suspicious than ever of communism as the Cold War rivalry with the Soviet Union begins to heat up. As delegates, you will represent various professionals in the entertainment industry including executives of major companies as well as representatives of screen actors and writer’s guilds. In this Ad-Hoc meeting, your loyalties will be tested as growing pressure from Congress mounts to identify members of your community with ties to communist activity. It will be up to you whether to sell out your colleagues, truthfully or not, or to resist the government’s pursuit.
This committee will be an experience in attempting to create a united industry front, while dealing with the personal repercussions to each individual and their organizations should they fail to cooperate. We look forward to meeting you all at the Hilton and enjoying a weekend of high quality debate, cooperation and manipulation. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions any time before the conference!
Matty Bernstein and J.J. Woronoff
Chair and Crisis Manager, The Hollywood Blacklist