The Hollywood Economist 2.0: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies

The Hollywood Economist 2.0: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies

by Edward Jay Epstein

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The Hollywood Economist 2.0: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies by Edward Jay Epstein

A fully revised edition of the popular guide to Hollywood finances, updated to reflect even newer films and trends

In a Freakonomics-meets-Hollywood saga, veteran investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein goes undercover to explore Hollywood’s “invisible money machine,” probing the dazzlingly complicated finances behind the hits and flops, while he answers a surprisingly difficult question: How do the studiosmake their money?

We also learn:

+ How and why the studios harvest silver from old film prints ...

+ Why stars do—or don’t do—their own stunts ...


+ The future of Netflix: Why the “next big thing” now seems in such deep trouble...

+ What it costs to insure Nicole Kidman’s right knee…

+ How Hollywood manipulates Wall Street:
including the story of the acquisition of MGM… wherein a consortium of banks and hedge funds lost some $5 billion… while Hollywood made millions.

+ Why Arnold Schwarzenegger is considered a contract genius…

+ The fate of serious fare:
How HBO, AMC, and Showtime have found ways to make money offer adult drama, while the Hollywood studios prefer to cater to teen audiences.

+ Why Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is considered a “masterpiece” of financing ...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612190501
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 01/24/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 497,491
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Edward Jay Epstein, who wrote the "Hollywood Economist" column for Slate, is the author of The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood, as well as many other books. He has written for the Wall Street JournalVanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker, and he lives in New York City. His website is edwardjayepstein.com

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