Powerhouse

Powerhouse Author James Andrew Miller
ISBN-10 9780062441393
Year 2016-08-09
Pages 752
Language en
Publisher HarperCollins
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A New York Times bestseller An astonishing—and astonishingly entertaining—history of Hollywood’s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all, from the #1 bestselling co-author of Live from New York and Those Guys Have All the Fun. The movies you watch, the TV shows you adore, the concerts and sporting events you attend—behind the curtain of nearly all of these is an immensely powerful and secretive corporation known as Creative Artists Agency. Started in 1975, when five bright and brash employees of a creaky William Morris office left to open their own, strikingly innovative talent agency, CAA would come to revolutionize the entertainment industry, and over the next several decades its tentacles would spread aggressively throughout the worlds of movies, television, music, advertising, and investment banking. Powerhouse is the fascinating, no-holds-barred saga of that ascent. Drawing on unprecedented and exclusive access to the men and women who built and battled with CAA, as well as financial information never before made public, author James Andrew Miller spins a tale of boundless ambition, ruthless egomania, ceaseless empire building, greed, and personal betrayal. It is also a story of prophetic brilliance, magnificent artistry, singular genius, entrepreneurial courage, strategic daring, foxhole brotherhood, and how one firm utterly transformed the entertainment business. Here are the real Star Wars—complete with a Death Star—told through the voices of those who were there. Packed with scores of stars from movies, television, music, and sports, as well as a tremendously compelling cast of agents, studio executives, network chiefs, league commissioners, private equity partners, tech CEOs, and media tycoons, Powerhouse is itself a Hollywood blockbuster of the most spectacular sort.

Summary of Powerhouse

Summary of Powerhouse Author Instaread
ISBN-10 9781683784692
Year 2016-08-29
Pages 34
Language en
Publisher Instaread
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Summary of Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller | Includes Analysis Preview: James Andrew Miller’s Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency is an oral history of Creative Artists Agency, one of the most powerful talent agencies to emerge in the entertainment industry over the past 40 years. Miller interviewed agents, actors, musicians, and executives who worked at or with CAA. He arranges excerpts from their interviews to provide a narrative of CAA’s history from its beginning to 2016. CAA began in 1975 as a small talent agency. Under the leadership of Michael Ovitz, CAA quickly built itself into the dominant firm in the field. The firm’s innovation was to focus on cooperation. Clients were seen as clients of the firm as a whole, rather than as clients of individual agents, which allowed greater cooperation and innovation across departments than was then the norm at a talent agency. Bill Haber, Ron Meyer, Michael Ovitz, Rowland Perkins, and Michael Rosenfeld… PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller | Includes Analysis · Summary of the Book · Important People · Character Analysis · Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience. Visit our website at instaread.co.

The Mailroom

The Mailroom Author David Rensin
ISBN-10 9780307417220
Year 2007-12-18
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher Ballantine Books
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It’s like a plot from a Hollywood potboiler: start out in the mailroom, end up a mogul. But for many, it happens to be true. Some of the biggest names in entertainment—including David Geffen, Barry Diller, and Michael Ovitz— started their dazzling careers in the lowly mailroom. Based on more than two hundred interviews, David Rensin unfolds the never-before-told history of an American institution—in the voices of the people who lived it. Through nearly seven decades of glamour and humiliation, lousy pay and incredible perks, killer egos and a kill-or-be-killed ethos, you’ll go where the trainees go, learn what they must do to get ahead, and hear the best insider stories from the Hollywood everyone knows about but no one really knows. A vibrant tapestry of dreams, desire, and exploitation, The Mailroom is not only an engrossing read but a crash course, taught by the experts, on how to succeed in Hollywood. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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ISBN-10 1683784545
Year 2016-08-23
Pages 26
Language en
Publisher Idreambooks
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Summary of Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller - Includes Analysis Preview James Andrew Miller's Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency is an oral history of Creative Artists Agency, one of the most powerful talent agencies to emerge in the entertainment industry over the past 40 years. Miller interviewed agents, actors, musicians, and executives who worked at or with CAA. He arranges excerpts from their interviews to provide a narrative of CAA's history from its beginning to 2016. CAA began in 1975 as a small talent agency. Under the leadership of Michael Ovitz, CAA quickly built itself into the dominant firm in the field. The firm's innovation was to focus on cooperation. Clients were seen as clients of the firm as a whole, rather than as clients of individual agents, which allowed greater cooperation and innovation across departments than was then the norm at a talent agency. Bill Haber, Ron Meyer, Michael Ovitz, Rowland Perkins, and Michael Rosenfeld... PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller - Includes Analysis - Summary of the Book - Important People - Character Analysis - Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience. Visit our website at instaread.co.

Those Guys Have All the Fun

Those Guys Have All the Fun Author James Andrew Miller
ISBN-10 9780316125765
Year 2011-05-24
Pages 784
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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The inside story of one of the most successful networks in modern television history: ESPN. In 1979 it began as a mad idea of starting a cable channel to televise local sporting events, and now spans eight channels in the Unites States and around the world. Drawing upon over 500 interviews with the greatest names in ESPN's history and an All-Star collection of some of the world's finest athletes, bestselling authors James Miller and Tom Shales take us behind the cameras. Now, in their own words, the men and women who made ESPN great reveal the secrets behind its success, as well as the many scandals, rivalries, off-screen battles and triumphs that have accompanied that ascent. From the unknown producers and business visionaries to the most famous faces on television, it's all here.

Power to Burn

Power to Burn Author Stephen Singular
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105018389861
Year 1996
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Birch Lane Press
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Describes the rise of the media mogul, from his departure from the William Morris Agency in 1975 to form a rival agency--CAA, to his position as the head of Disney in 1995

How to Manage Your Agent

How to Manage Your Agent Author Gervich Chad
ISBN-10 9781136070938
Year 2013-11-26
Pages 300
Language en
Publisher CRC Press
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First published in 2013. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Down and Dirty Pictures

Down and Dirty Pictures Author Peter Biskind
ISBN-10 9781439127100
Year 2013-01-08
Pages 560
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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It wasn't so long ago that the Sundance Film Festival was an inconsequential event somewhere in Utah, and Miramax was a tiny distributor of music documentaries and soft-core trash. Today, of course, Sundance is the most important film festival this side of Cannes, and Miramax has become an industry giant, part of the huge Disney empire. Likewise, the directors who emerged from the independent movement, such as Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and David O. Russell -- who once had to max out their credit cards to realize their visions on the screen -- are now among the best-known directors in Hollywood. Not to mention the actors who emerged with them, like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ethan Hawke, and Uma Thurman. Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines -- Sundance and Miramax -- that have powered them. As he did in his acclaimed Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind profiles the people who took the independent movement from obscurity to the Oscars, most notably Sundance founder Robert Redford and Harvey Weinstein, who with his brother, Bob, made Miramax an indie powerhouse. Biskind follows Sundance as it grew from a regional film festival to the premier showcase of independent film, succeeding almost despite the mercurial Redford, whose visionary plans were nearly thwarted by his own quixotic personality. He charts in fascinating detail the meteoric rise of the controversial Harvey Weinstein, often described as the last mogul, who created an Oscar factory that became the envy of the studios, while leaving a trail of carnage in his wake. As in Easy Riders, Biskind's incisive account is loaded with vibrant anecdotes and outrageous stories, all of it blended into a fast-moving narrative. Redford, the Weinsteins, and the directors, producers, and actors Biskind profiles are the people who reinvented Hollywood, making independent films mainstream. But success invariably means compromise, and it remains to be seen whether the indie spirit can survive its corporate embrace. Candid, mesmerizing, and penetrating, Down and Dirty Pictures is a must-read for anyone interested in the film world and where it's headed.

Live From New York

Live From New York Author James Andrew Miller
ISBN-10 9780316295079
Year 2014-09-09
Pages 800
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade. When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed---and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

So You Want to Be a Talent Agent

So You Want to Be a Talent Agent Author Tom "Wolf" Elliott
ISBN-10 1450227236
Year 2010-05-18
Pages
Language en
Publisher iUniverse
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A down-to-earth, detailed guide to every aspect of establishing and running a small, local talent booking agency, written by someone who has done so successfully for over 30 years. You don't need any particular background or a fancy college degree or even much money, just a desire to own and operate one of the most fun businesses you could ever imagine. It's all here-how to find the talent, how to build up a clientele, how to promote yourself, the contracts you'll need, and a fascinating insight to where you can go from here, including becoming a modeling agent, a TV producer, a writer, a record album producer, and much more.

The Men Who Would Be King

The Men Who Would Be King Author Nicole LaPorte
ISBN-10 9780547487168
Year 2010-05-04
Pages 512
Language en
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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For sixty years, since the birth of United Artists, the studio landscape was unchanged.Then came Hollywood’s Circus Maximus—created by director Steven Spielberg, billionaire David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave the world The Lion King—an entertainment empire called DreamWorks. Now Nicole LaPorte,who covered the company for Variety, goes behind the hype to reveal for the first time the delicious truth of what happened. Readers will feel they are part of the creative calamities of moviemaking as LaPorte’s fly-on-the-wall detail shows us Hollywood’s bizarre rules of business.We see the clashes between the often otherworldly Spielberg’s troops and Katzenberg’s warriors, the debacles and disasters, but also the Oscar-winning triumphs, including Saving Private Ryan.We watch as the studio burns through billions, its rich owners get richer, and everybody else suffers.We see Geffen seducing investors likeMicrosoft’s Paul Allen, showing his steel against CAA’s Michael Ovitz, and staging fireworks during negotiations with Paramount and Disney. Here is Hollywood, up close, glamorous, and gritty.

Hollywood Dealmaking

Hollywood Dealmaking Author Dina Appleton
ISBN-10 9781581156713
Year 2010-01
Pages 313
Language en
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
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Hollywood Dealmaking has become the go-to resource for new and experienced entertainment attorneys, agent trainees, business affairs executives, and creative executives. Entertainment attorneys and Hollywood insiders Dina Appleton and Daniel Yankelevits explain the negotiation techniques and strategies of entertainment dealmaking and detail the interests and roles of producers, writers, actors, directors, agents, and studio employees in crafting a deal. This new edition captures the dramatic changes over the past five years in the film and television industry landscape, with two new chapters: Reality Television details the sources of revenue, syndication possibilities, and format sales of these shows as well as the talent deals that are made and the Internet/New Media chapter delves in new digital formats such as mobile phones, game consoles, video-on-demand, and web-based apps, and explains where today's revenues are generated, where the industry is headed, and talent negotiation issues. All the ins and outs of negotiating are explained, including back ends, gross and adjusted gross profits, deferments, box office bonuses, copyrights, and much more. This easy-to-follow reference is packed with expert insights on distribution, licensing, and merchandising. The book's invaluable resource section includes definitions of lingo for acquisition agreements and employment deals, twelve ready-to-use sample contracts, and a directory of entertainment attorneys in both New York and Los Angeles. In Hollywood Dealmaking, readers will recognize the key players in the process, understand the "lingo" of crafting deals, learn how to negotiate agreements for the option and purchase of books and screenplays, be able to negotiate employment deals for all members of a film or television crew, understand payment terms and bonuses, and be able to register copyrights in scripts and other literary works.

Hit and Run

Hit and Run Author Nancy Griffin
ISBN-10 9780684832661
Year 1997-06-17
Pages 496
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Interviews and details of high-level meetings and manipulation inform an account of how two Hollywood operators managed the richest deal in Hollywood history. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.

Hatching Twitter

Hatching Twitter Author Nick Bilton
ISBN-10 9781444761962
Year 2013-11-05
Pages 232
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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New York Times Bestseller Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller Evening Standard pick Favourite Books of 2013, Sunday Business Post THE ULTIMATE 21ST CENTURY BUSINESS STORY Ev told Jack he had to 'chill out' with the deluge of media he was doing. 'It's bad for the company,' Ev said. 'It's sending the wrong message.' Biz sat between them, watching like a spectator at a tennis match. 'But I invented Twitter,' Jack said. 'No, you didn't invent Twitter,' Ev replied. 'I didn't invent Twitter either. Neither did Biz. People don't invent things on the Internet. They simply expand on an idea that already exsists.' Since 2006, Twitter has grown from the accidental side project of a failing internet start-up, to a global icon that by 2013 had become an $11.5bn business. But the full story of Twitter's hatching has never been told before. In his revelatory new book, New York Times journalist Nick Bilton takes readers behind the scenes of Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds, and inside the heads of the four hackers who created it: ambitious millionaire Evan Williams; tattooed mastermind Jack Dorsey; joker and diplomat Biz Stone; and Noah Glass, the shy but energetic geek who invested his whole life in Twitter, only to be kicked out and expunged from the company's official history. Combining unprecedented access with exhaustive investigative reporting, and drawing on hundreds of sources, documents and internal e-mails, HATCHING TWITTER is a blistering drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles. A business story like no other, it will shock, expose and inspire.