It would be dishonest to report that the resignation of chief Academy of Motion Pictures Arst and Sciences publicist Leslie Unger has been met with great sadness among each and every LA-based entertainment journalist. She was known for having had a combative relationship with one or two journos in my sphere. Her days were numbered when AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson brought in Christina Kounelias as the org’s CMO (chief media officer), a position senior to Ungar’s title of Director of Communications.
Unger’s departure is “not surprising,” says a journalist pal. What he meant was that it’s not unwelcome. “As soon we hang up, I’m going to dance a little jig,” he said.