From Bloomberg:

Hollywood hasn’t released a notable female-led film set on Wall Street for 27 years. Not since Mike Nichols’s 1988 comedy Working Girl—starring Melanie Griffith as a plucky wannabe banker with “a mind for business and a bod for sin”—has a major film focused on a woman navigating the combative, competitive, and outright cutthroat offices at the center of the business world.

Now, two ambitious filmmakers aim to give the genre a much-needed update, and they’re soliciting feedback—and funding—from some of Wall Street’s biggest names. Equity, a movie about a female investment banker whose IPO is in jeopardy, is the product of interviews and meetings with dozens of former and current dealmakers, including James B. Lee Jr., a vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase, Barbara Byrne, a vice chairman of Barclays, muni bond maestro Alexandra Lebenthal, and Elaine La Roche, a former Morgan Stanley managing director who reigned as one of the most powerful women in finance in the 1990s.

The movie, which begins filming next month, is the brainchild of Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner, actresses who met doing a play together a few years ago.

Thomas is class of 2001.

Byrne and Straight declined to disclose how much money they’ve put in, but Straight insists this isn’t a vanity project for her. “I’ve increased my investment level because I believe I’m going to make money on this film,” she says. Jimmy Lee, the storied dealmaker, offered ideas and brokered introductions for the film. Thomas graduated from Williams College, Lee’s alma mater, and he says he tries to help fellow grads who are trying to do something out of the ordinary. “I liked that they were getting dirt under their fingernails for this project,” Lee said during an interview in his Midtown Manhattan office, where he keeps a copy of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In on a book-laden coffee table.

This was the last news article mentioning Jimmy before his untimely death last month.

Kudos to Jimmy for helping out a fellow Eph! And the lesson to our readers: Use the Williams network!

Also, for all the future investment bankers among our readership, note how Jimmy ensures that the reporter sees (and reports on!) the prominent placement of Sandberg’s book. Keeping clients (and potential clients) happy is the secret to success in more industries than banking . . .

By the way, or any readers offended by my title for this post? I just copied it from the original title of the Bloomberg news article, which you can still see in the url. Since then, Bloomberg has changed the title to be — take your pick — less offensive or more politically correct.

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