Through a number of hilarious accounts, Harris Katleman shares his journey from office boy to talent agent to television producer, and finally to studio head at both MGM and 20th 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 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. It is also a collection of vital life lessons for anyone aspiring to establish a career in Hollywood.
The names are so famous and the stories so lively that this book reads like it was written about today’s Hollywood.
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About the Author
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
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