Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency

Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency

by James Andrew Miller


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“Magisterial. ... A must read for anyone who wants to work in Hollywood or just know how Hollywood works.”
   — The Hollywood Reporter

A New York Times bestseller, now updated with an afterword and exclusive new material

From the #1 bestselling author behind acclaimed oral histories of Saturday Night Live and ESPN comes "the most hotly anticipated book [in decades]" (Variety): James Andrew Miller's irresistible insider chronicle of the modern entertainment industry, told through the epic story of Creative Artists Agency (CAA)—the ultimate power player that has represented the world's biggest stars and shaped the landscape of film, television, comedy, music, and sports.

Started in 1975, when five bright and brash upstarts left creaky William Morris to form their own innovative talent agency, CAA would come to revolutionize Hollywood, representing everyone from Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, and Steven Spielberg to Jennifer Lawrence, J.J. Abrams, Will Smith, and Brad Pitt. Over the next decades its tentacles would spread aggressively into sports, advertising, and digital media. 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—including co-founders Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer and rivals like Ari Emanuel of William Morris Endeavor—as well as the stars themselves, Miller spins a unique and unforgettable tale of brilliance, ambition, betrayal, and outrageous success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062441386
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 455,697
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

JAMES ANDREW MILLER is an award-winning journalist and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPNLive from New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests, which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list; and Running in Place: Inside the Senate, also a bestseller. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and many other publications. He is a graduate of Occidental College, Oxford University, and Harvard Business School, all with honors.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction xix

Act 1 1

1 Rebels: 1974-1979 3

2 New York-London-Rome: 1980-1985 85

3 Gyokai wo Shihaisuru: 1986-1988 187

4 "Katy, Bar the Door!": 1989-1994 249

Act 2 403

5 The Prince of Denmark: January 1, 1995-August 15, 1995 405

6 Partial Sid: August 16, 1995-2001 463

7 Bar Hopping: 2002-2009 547

Act 3 609

8 Cool Summers: 2010-2016 611

Afterword 701

Acknowledgments 707

Index 711

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