About Town: Katherine Pope
Katherine Pope spends any given weekday in Santa Monica overseeing creative development as President of Television at Chernin Entertainment. She’s the company’s highest ranking woman, and she serves as executive producer for hit TV shows like Fox’s “New Girl” staring Zooey Deschanel. Most recently, Pope—a Chicago Native and former president of NBC Universal Television and executive vice president for NBC Entertainment—took on yet another venture. After she was honored at the 2013 Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, she joined the board of directors at the nonprofit founded to create pathways to self-sufficiency and employment for low-income individuals. Pope will attend the 13th annual Chrysalis ball this June, and as she’s become more involved with the cause, Pope says she’s gained a deeper appreciation for the charity’s mission. “Their unique philosophy of respect, second chances and the idea of a hand-up rather than a hand-out really resonated with me,” she says. Once she dashes out her last email just in time to arrive home to her two children and her husband, the documentary filmmaker Richard Robbins, Pope makes plans to visit her favorite local haunts with her family. Here’s her list of must-visit Los Angeles spots.
By Ellie June
LARCHMONT BEAUTY I think I get hypnotized every time I enter this perfect shop.
SUGARFISH It’s heavenly because the food is delicious and you can pick the Trust Me option on the menu so you don’t have to pick your meal.
KAY N’ DAVE’S My daughter loves being a regular at this Oaxacan-inspired eatery, and my son loves it because his sister loves it.
WILL ROGERS STATE PARK So you can pretend you’re hiking, but you don’t get too winded to really talk.
HOLLYWOOD BOWL and LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE There’s a lot of live music emanating from my kids’ rooms, but I visit the Bowl or Walt Disney Hall for the experience.
BRENTWOOD FARMER’S MARKET We shop here almost every Sunday, and my son goes to the Santa Monica Famer’s Market every Wednesday. He’s got a good life.
PRESSED JUICERY Because the Greens 1 juice here contains the only vegetables I eat.
ARCLIGHT This place cured me of all my waiting-in-line-for-a-movie phobias.
Pictured: Katherine Pope
Photo courtesy of Katherine Pope