'Mad Men' Creator and 'Game of Thrones' Producer Voice Support for Iran Deal

98 prominent members of L.A.'s Jewish community - most of them with links to Hollywood – sign open letter urging Congress to approve agreement.

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Ninety-eight prominent members of Los Angeles's Jewish Community – including 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner and 'Game of Thrones' executive producer Carolyn Strauss – signed an open letter urging Congress to approve the nuclear deal with Iran.

In their letter, published as a full-page ad on Thursday's Jewish Journal, the signatories, who call themselves "American Jewish supporters of Israel," say the deal is "in the best interest of the United States and Israel" and that scuttling it would be a "tragic mistake," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Among the signatories, most of them with ties to Hollywood, were also film producers Lawrence Lear (Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds) and Mike Medavoy (Black Swan, Shutter Island), billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, architect Frank Gehry, and legendary sitcom writer Norman Lear.

On Tuesday, 36 retired U.S. generals and admirals published an open letter announcing their support of the Iran deal "as the most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons."

The letter followed a similar letter signed by 29 top U.S. nuclear scientists and arms control experts published last week, which also voiced support for the deal, calling it "innovative" and "unprecedented."

The U.S. Congress has until September 17 to vote on a resolution of disapproval of the Iran deal, which would eliminate Obama's ability to waive all sanctions on Iran imposed by the U.S. Congress, a key component of the agreement.

Some Democratic lawmakers have already voiced their support of the deal, while others, including Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), said they would vote against it.

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