The Making of a Blockbuster: How Wayne Huizenga Built a Sports and Entertainment Empire from Trash, Grit, and Videotape

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"The Making of a Blockbuster is an engrossing depiction of an out of nowhere, self-made American industrialist, Wayne Huizenga. It captures with intensity the true grit and dynamic, unwavering character of a blockbuster personality and his rise to this country's preeminent entrepreneur." — Sumner Redstone Chairman of the Board, Viacom Inc.

"This is more than a book. It's a fantasy about a man with great vision. A must read for anyone with dreams for their future." — Aaron Spelling Spelling Television Inc.

"I have always admired anyone who makes ...

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Overview

"The Making of a Blockbuster is an engrossing depiction of an out of nowhere, self-made American industrialist, Wayne Huizenga. It captures with intensity the true grit and dynamic, unwavering character of a blockbuster personality and his rise to this country's preeminent entrepreneur." — Sumner Redstone Chairman of the Board, Viacom Inc.

"This is more than a book. It's a fantasy about a man with great vision. A must read for anyone with dreams for their future." — Aaron Spelling Spelling Television Inc.

"I have always admired anyone who makes it on their own and Wayne has done that in a big time way while never forgetting where it all began. The whole story is between the covers of this fascinating book, The Making of a Blockbuster." — Frank Gifford ABC Sports

Despite all the media buzz surrounding Blockbuster video, little has been written about Wayne Huizenga, the charismatic man behind it all—until now. Here is the complete inside story of how this college dropout-turned-garbage collector rose to become a corporate titan. This eye-opening book reveals everything from Huizenga's incredible transformation of 19 Blockbuster stores into a $4 billion entertainment conglomerate to his successful entry into the sports arena as owner of the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins, and the Florida Panthers. Huizenga's winning combination of business strategies, management style, and vision is explained in this book—a fascinating testament to the power of true grit, seat-of-the-pants dealmaking, and sheer entrepreneurial genius. The Making of a Blockbuster is an enthralling read for all who follow the entertainment and sports industries, and business readers who want to find out just how it's done.

The inside story of the multimillionaire behind Blockbuster Video and the major player in the Viacom/Paramount/Blockbuster deal. Thirty-five years ago, Wayne Huizenga rose before the sun to run his garbage collection route. This audio chronicles the transformation of this ambitious entrepreneur into a corporate titan. Simultaneous hardcover release from John Wiley & Sons. 4 cassettes.

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Huizenga embodies the proverbial rags-to-riches story. With $5000 in borrowed money, he bought a broken-down garbage truck and a small collection route. Huizenga built this small enterprise into Waste Management, a global garbage empire, and then sold out. Next, he bought into a small-time video operation named Blockbuster that eventually grew into an entertainment conglomerate. Along the way, he has purchased the Miami Dolphins football team, the Florida Marlins baseball team, and the Florida Panthers hockey club. Author DeGeorge's account of Huizenga's career is interesting at first, but one can only listen to so many instances of buying businesses for next to nothing and later selling them for millions. Joseph Campanella is a wonderful narrator and breathes life into this unabashed account of unrestrained greed. Purchase where wannabe entrepreneurs roam the stacks.-Ray Vignovich, West Des Moines P.L., Ia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471159032
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/31/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 1,528,703
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

GAIL DeGEORGE is the Miami bureau manager for BusinessWeek. She has covered a broad range of business topics and has written about H. Wayne Huizenga and Blockbuster Entertainment Corp. since 1990.

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Table of Contents

"One Man's Trash": Building a Garbage Kingdom.

Garbage into Gold: The Early Waste Management Years.

Waste Management: Regulatory Woes and Industry Triumphs.

Wayne's Companies After Waste Management: Toilets, Lawns, Bugs, andWater.

Video Venture: Taking Charge of Blockbuster.

Fast Forward: Building the Blockbuster Management Team.

Deal du Jour: Blockbuster Swallows Up the Competition.

Don't Hit Pause: Blockbuster in Turbulence.

Sports Inc.: Stadium Seats and a Baseball Team.

Sports Tycoon: Hockey, Football, and a Game Plan.

Viacom: The Deal from Hell.

After Blockbuster: What's Next.

Author's Notes.

Personal Interviews.

Sources.

Index.

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