You Can't Fall Off the Floor: And Other Lessons from a Life in Hollywood

You Can't Fall Off the Floor: And Other Lessons from a Life in Hollywood

by Harris Katleman, Nick Katleman


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A studio executive’s “superb memoir” of his years in the industry, filled with hilarious stories and hard-earned wisdom (Library Journal).
From watching his colleague get shot in the testicles by a jealous producer to running Hollywood’s most successful TV studio, Harris Katleman had a front row seat in the development of the television industry. A classic account of the business side of entertainment, this book shares what really happened in the early careers of Hollywood stars and the development of iconic programs.

Through a number of funny behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Katleman shares his journey from office boy to talent agent to television producer, and finally to studio head at both MGM and Twentieth Century Fox. Along the way, we meet industry giants including Rupert Murdoch, Bob Iger, Barry Diller, Marvin Davis, Kirk Kerkorian, Mark Goodson, and Lew Wasserman. This memoir goes beyond the story of a life in Hollywood. It is the story of crucial developments—how motion picture film libraries were opened for television licensing, how The Simpsons was birthed, and much more.
“Not only does this book show his leadership in the television business, it shows how strongly he fought for groundbreaking shows that transformed the industry.”—David E. Kelley
“A worthy entry in the lexicon of books chronicling Hollywood of yesteryear.”—Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780795353413
Publisher: RosettaBooks
Publication date: 12/07/2021
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 746,260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Harris Katleman, the former president and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Television, has experienced a long record of successes as a television studio head, a producer, and a talent agent. Starting his career as an office boy at MCA Artists, Katleman climbed the company hierarchy to head the TV packaging department in New York. He then took over West Coast Productions at Goodson Todman, controlling sales and administration of leading gameshows including To Tell the Truth, Password,and The Price is Right. Katleman left the gameshow business to become president of MGM Television, where he was instrumental in using his television slate to finance the company’s Las Vegas casinos. After co-running his own production company, Katleman assumed control of Twentieth Century Fox Television. In addition to overseeing production on the final four years of M*A*S*H* and Trapper John, M.D., Katleman cultivated notable projects including the award-winning and highly acclaimed series LA Law, The Simpsons, Anything but Love, In Living Color, NYPD Blue, and Picket Fences. Active in industry and community affairs, Katleman is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He recently completed a two-year term as president of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. Nick Katleman is a screenwriter, novelist, and memoirist who grew up alongside a stock of entertainment professionals. After obtaining a degree in creative writing from the University of Washington, Katleman followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by starting in the mailroom of the eminent agency WME Entertainment. He has since jumped to the creative side of the entertainment business, writing books and screenplays in Los Angeles. Katleman is currently spearheading Storyflect, a private memoir service that offers custom, interview-based story albums from the perspectives of its clients.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Stars, Scrotums & Mail Carts 1

An Agent is Born 11

A Different Type of Katleman 50

The Game of Making Game Shows 65

A Casino Man's Big Gamble 84

A New Company and a New Scandal 115

An Oilman Meets a Media Mogul 142

How I Paid My Mortgage 175

Acknowledgments 197

Glossary 201

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