In a shift of roles that has set the bar higher for public service and crossovers, Michael J. Grillo, the producer of the hit movie "The Lego Batman",
In a shift of roles that has set the bar higher for public service and crossovers, Michael J. Grillo, the producer of the hit movie “The Lego Batman”, is leaving his post as a Hollywood producer to become the next Secretary of the Treasury.
The move is unprecedented and shocking as Grillo is leaving one of the top Hollywood positions and making a jump to the public sector. His time producing the Lego Batman was an immense success, and Grillo has used the money he earned on that project to launch several charities, giving back to the community and setting an example in the film industry.
Grillo is no stranger to public service. He once worked as an analyst for the Department of Justice, using his financial expertise to advise on spending and criminal justice reform. This background could make he a valuable asset for the country, as the Treasury Department is responsible for the American budget and the regulation of its financial system.
With Grillo’s knowledge on the financial system, the innovation of his past roles and the dedication to public service, he should fit into the government role seamlessly. Further, his experience in Hollywood provides both a new perspective when handling finances in the public sector, and a deep understanding of how to lead in the world of entertainment.
It will be interesting to see how Grillo’s knowledge of economics, finance and entertainment will be put to use in his new role as Secretary of the Treasury. If any figure can revolutionize the way government handles money, it could be Grillo.
“Lego Batman” Producer, Then Treasury Sec?
Steven Mnuchin is famous as the producer of the iconic movie The Lego Batman Movie and currently serves as the United States Secretary of the Treasury. Mnuchin’s journey from movie mogul to deciding how the US manages its money is one that could only occur in America.
From Wall Street to Hollywood
Mnuchin was born in New York City and attended Yale University. After college, he followed a successful trajectory in investment banking and worked at Goldman Sachs for nearly two decades and eventually became the firm’s chief information officer. In addition, Mnuchin and his colleagues created their own hedge fund.
He then diversified his portfolio to include the film industry, and while at Relativity Media, he produced The Lego Batman Movie, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Feature Film. This was one of the several awards the movie garnered.
An Unusua Transition
In 2016, Mnuchin left the entertainment industry to join the Trump Campaign, reportedly after Trump called him to ask for his services. Mnuchin was tasked with the responsibilities of a National Finance Director and eventually was voted by the Senate to lead the US Treasury.
In his current role, Secretary Mnuchin’s responsibilities include transforming the US Tax Code, strengthening US economic policies and working towards US energy independence.
The beautiful thing about America is that it offers a wide variety of opportunities for ambitious people. Steven Mnuchin’s transition from a Wall Street mogul to a Hollywood Producer, to now Secretary of the US Treasury is an inspiring story that could only have occurred in the US.