Judy Smith Speaks to the Bush Center
Judy Smith, the inspiration behind the hit TV show Scandal, visited the Bush Center on June 16, 2016. In this clip, she discusses her relationship with George H.W. Bush while in his administration; where television fact and fiction diverge; and how crisis management has evolved in a new media world. Ms. Smith, a co-executive producer on Scandal, is the founder and President of Smith & Co., a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communications skills, media savvy, legal, and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and overseas. Having represented a broad range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to sports stars, celebrities, and politicians, Ms. Smith has played a key role in many sensational and noteworthy events.
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Judy Smith is the real-world "Olivia Pope" from the hit television show, "Scandal." After television writer Shonda Rhimes met Smith, she was inspired by the fast-paced environment that Smith operated in. Smith's work combines communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to protect and save many important figure's reputations.