For 100 years, our Hollywood friends have discovered their personal paths to MPTF. One special case is Lori Weintraub, who first visited the Motion Picture Home campus as a child with her father, legendary producer Sy Weintraub. Lori’s distinguished career evolved from entertainment attorney to production executive, supervising the development and production of films like Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, and The Color Purple, after which she became the founder and President of three startup divisions under Warner Music Group. Her family connection to Hollywood continued with her husband, Miguel Ferrer (son of José Ferrer, the first Latino Oscar winner for Best Actor), with whom she had four children.
Lori realized that her interactions with the older generations spoke to her in an essential way: “I was very moved by how positively impacted older people are by having other people to be with.” As a member of the Board of Geriatrics at UCLA, she explored research into longevity and resilience while spearheading projects for intergenerational connectivity. Encouraged by good friend and MPTF Board member Hawk Koch to get further involved with MPTF, Lori is leading the charge with Chief Development Officer Courteney Bailey on our unprecedented, upcoming Auction of the Century—reaching out to industry associates for items with an iconic meaning to Hollywood films and television. “Everyone I call about the auction for the 100th anniversary knows about MPTF and loves it,” she says. “They want to give and be involved because it’s such a special organization.” And what a great way to give back to the MPTF mission in our 100th year of taking care of our own by helping to raise funds to ensure our safety net for generations to come! If you have items you’d like to donate, get in touch with us today.