“When the history of Hollywood is written, few people will have played a larger role than Michael Ovitz.... It is impossible to read such a chronicle and not see Mr. Ovitz as the Steve Jobs of agenting, possessing a version of Jobs’s fanatical drive and a similar desire to remake an industry.” —The Wall Street Journal
Who is Michael Ovitz? He’s a striver who talked his way into the famous mailroom of the William Morris Agency without any connections, then worked his way out of the mailroom in record time.
He’s an entrepreneur who left a safe job to launch Creative Artists Agency, growing it from five guys in a rundown office to the most powerful agency in the world.
He’s a friend and confidant to megastars such as Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, David Letterman, Sean Connery, Bill Murray, Paul Newman, and Martin Scorsese.
He’s a pioneer who reinvented the role of the agent in packaging actors, directors, writers, and producers, which made CAA the essential hub of countless movies and television shows.
He’s a master negotiator who drove historic deals for many of his clients, as well as the acquisitions of two major studios by Sony and Matsushita.
He’s a self-taught connoisseur of art and architecture, a generous philanthropist, a devoted father...
And to his detractors he’s a world-class jerk and a ruthless manipulator who double-crossed his friends, crushed his enemies, and let nothing stand in his way, ever.
After decades of near silence in the face of relentless controversy, Ovitz finally tells his whole story in this memoir, with remarkable candor and insight. If you’re going to read just one book about how show business really works, this is the one.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
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About the Author
Michael Ovitz cofounded CAA in 1975 and served as its chairman until 1995. For most of the past two decades he has been a private investor and an adviser to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. This is his first book.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Is The Godfather Here? 13
Chapter 2 The First Valley 33
Chapter 3 Mail Man 47
Chapter 4 Good Cop/Bad Cop 59
Chapter 5 From Zero to One Million 73
Chapter 6 Car Phones 93
Chapter 7 The Second Valley 103
Chapter 8 P.L. 137
Chapter 9 No Pressure 163
Chapter 10 Showtime 193
Chapter 11 Dinosaurs and Foot Soldiers 211
Chapter 12 Wrist Locks 223
Chapter 13 Brink's Truck 247
Chapter 14 Picasso 267
Chapter 15 Always Coca-Cola 279
Chapter 16 I'm Not Afraid of You 295
Chapter 17 Gone 309
Chapter 18 Number Two 321
Chapter 19 The Third Valley 333
Chapter 20 Gentlemen 351