We lost a great one last week. Jon Dolgen was a legendary studio executive, and a mentor to me through my career. He was a tough guy with a huge heart and an incredible sense of humor.
He was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, and I know some very funny people. Most importantly Jon had an incredible moral compass and always went to the extra mile to make the world a better place. Not only was he a pioneer in hiring Black executives, but he supported them in numbers…both creative and business affairs. He also had Paramount open accounts in Black owned banks, which is still an extraordinary commitment to empowering Black people. He enlisted me and my wife to help recruit Black kids to participate in a college prep program for every branch of the arts.
We need men like Jon Dolgen today to solve so many problems in Hollywood, and in the world. I miss you so much, Jon. Blessings to his wonderful wife and children, who he loved dearly.