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When Hollywood Had a King : the Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent Into Power and Influence - Bruck, Connie
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Edition 1 laffont, 2001. in8 broche Cette histoire de mon parcours vise à servir d'introduction à l'exposé de mes réflexions sur le sens de la vie. En effet, j'ai été amené où j'en suis par une certaine histoire que je vais ici retracer brièvement, situant le contexte dans lequel l'exposé de mes positions s'inscrira naturellement. Ce fut un parcours avec certaines constantes mais aussi parfois très sinueux et nécessitant un travail très difficile pour pour arriver à déjouer les pièges et faire émerger de mon expérience les notions pertinentes pouvant finalement tenir la route après toute une période où je me trouvais à nager dans les contradictions. Mon but n'est pas de persuader qui que ce soit que j'ai raison, mais de proposer une analyse, tenter d'avancer certaines idées susceptibles de faire avancer le schmilblick, et d'informer toute personne intéressée par la recherche de la vérité, sur le fait qu'un parcours comme le mien puisse exister, et que les conclusions où j'en suis arrivé peuvent être vécues après un tel parcours comme étant les seules finalement tenables, même si cela peut éventuellement sembler étonnant. Qui suis-je ?. Les caractéristiques de chacun comportent d'une part des éléments innés, d'autre part des éléments acquis par hasard, par choix, par influence de l'environnement social ou par évolution naturelle à partir des éléments innés ou de tout cela en même temps. La distinction entre ces différents facteurs dans la détermination d'un aspect donné du caractère de quelqu'un peut être extrêmement subtile et difficile à établir, et qui plus est, peut être variable d'un individu à l'autre. Voici d'abord quelques éléments innés. Je suis arrivé, avec la bosse des maths, dans la lune (ne comprenant rien aux bonnes manières et autres conventions sociales), timide, animé d'une profonde quête de vérité, et idéaliste à la fois au sens littéraire (hanté par la notion d'idéal, alimentée notamment par mon goût., Edition 1 laffont, 2001, New York: Random House, 2003. First Edition. An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.; 8vo 8"" - 9"" tall; 512 pages; Description: xiv, 512 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 483-494) and index. Subjects: Wasserman, Lew --Music Corporation of America --History --Chief executive officers --United States --Biography. Summary: In When Hollywood Had a King, the distinguished journalist Connie Bruck tells the sweeping story of MCA and its brilliant leader, a man who transformed the entertainment industry- businessman, politician, tactician, and visionary Lew Wasserman. The Music Corporation of America was founded in Chicago in 1924 by Dr. Jules Stein, an ophthalmologist with a gift for booking bands. Twelve years later, Stein moved his operations west to Beverly Hills and hired Lew Wasserman. From his meager beginnings as a movie-theater usher in Cleveland, Wasserman ultimately ascended to the post of president of MCA, and the company became the most powerful force in Hollywood, regarded with a mixture of fear and awe. In his signature black suit and black knit tie, Was-serman took Hollywood by storm. He shifted the balance of power from the studios-which had seven-year contractual strangleholds on the stars-to the talent, who became profit partners. When an antitrust suit forced MCA's evolution from talent agency to film- and television-production company, it was Wasserman who parlayed the control of a wide variety of entertainment and media products into a new type of Hollywood power base. There was only Washington left to conquer, and conquer it Wasserman did, quietly brokering alliances with Democratic and Republican administrations alike. That Wasserman's reach extended from the underworld to the White House only added to his mystique. Among his friends were Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, mob lawyer Sidney Korshak, and gangster Moe Dalitz-along with Presidents Johnson, Clinton, and especially Reagan, who enjoyed a particularly close and mutually beneficial relationship with Wasserman. He was equally intimate with Hollywood royalty, from Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart to Steven Spielberg, who began his career at MCA and once described Wasserman's eyeglasses as looking like two giant movie screens., New York: Random House, 2003

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Random House Inc, 2003 Near-new condition. Stated First Edition. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Price inside dustcover: $29.95. 514 pages. Illustrated with photos. Tight spine, bright pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. From Publishers Weekly Until his death last year, Wasserman was one of the last survivors from the corporate side of Hollywood's golden era. Having started as an agent at MCA, he eventually became the firm's president, but not before he'd turned the talent agency into a powerful film and television studio, buying out Universal in the process. Wasserman's story is inseparable from that of MCA, and this book appropriately begins with an account of the company's founder, Jules Stein, who began booking bands from his Chicago office in 1924. This put Stein, and MCA, in contact with the local musicians' union, which then linked him to organized crime-the first of several such links the book explores. Wasserman helped shift the balance of power to Hollywood, remaining with the firm despite being widely sought after by rival agencies and movie studios. He also helped extend MCA's political influence, through extensive fund-raising and a longstanding connection with former client Ronald Reagan. New Yorker staffer Bruck (Master of the Game) is strong on Wasserman's corporate tactics, as well as later buyouts of Universal by foreign investors. But she also demonstrates extensive familiarity with the business's underside, exploring Wasserman's connections with mob lawyer Sidney Korshak, which assured a comfortable relationship between MCA and Hollywood's unions. Much more than a celebrity-studded tale, Bruck's work offers a look at the corporate machinations behind the film industry's myths. 8-page photo insert not seen by PW. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Booklist Lew Wasserman arrived in Hollywood in 1939 to help Jules Stein transform MCA from a band-booking company into a talent agency for movie stars. He did that and a whole lot more, as award-winning business reporter Bruck makes clear in this absolutely riveting account of power-broking in Tinseltown. Wasserman's career possesses a kind of epic symmetry: by freeing the stars of the 1940s from the servitude of studio contracts, he effectively ended the era of the movie moguls, only to become the greatest mogul of them all. But, as Bruck explains in painstaking but absorbing detail, Wasserman redefined the role of the mogul. In the days of Warner, Mayer, et al., the moguls operated their individual fiefdoms, largely independent of one another; Wasserman wanted it all, and eventually, as MCA morphed into Universal Studios, he got it--not a fiefdom but the whole empire. Television, we learn, was the key. Whereas the old guard saw TV as a threat and attempted to close ranks against it, Wasserman saw it as the future and sought to dominate it. Long before content became a buzzword for the Internet generation, Wasserman bought Paramount Pictures' film library for peanuts and peddled it to the networks for millions. With the gusto of Howard Cosell at ringside, Bruck reports on business coup after business coup, showing not only how Wasserman roped his dopes but also how he acquired the leverage (Mob lawyer Sidney Korshak helped) to do so. This is the most revealing look at the business of Hollywood since Robert Evans growled his way through The Kid Stays in the Picture (1994). Ilene Cooper. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall., Random House Inc, 2003

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[EAN: 9780375501685], Gebraucht, guter Zustand, [PU: Random House, New York], History|Historical Geography, Performing Arts|Film|Direction & Production, Performing Arts|General, Business & Economics|Leadership, Jacket, xiv, 512 pp., illus., biblio., index; 25 cm. Tight, clean copy. Stated "First Edition." Dust jacket price-clipped on the front flap. Another copy available. "In When Hollywood Had a King, the distinguished journalist Connie Bruck tells the sweeping story of MCA and its brilliant leader, a man who transformed the entertainment industry - businessman, politician, tactician, and visionary Lew Wasserman. The Music Corporation of America was founded in Chicago in 1924 by Dr. Jules Stein, an ophthalmologist with a gift for booking bands. Twelve years later, Stein moved his operations west to Beverly Hills and hired Lew Wasserman. From his meager beginnings as a movie-theater usher in Cleveland, Wasserman ultimately ascended to the post of president of MCA, and the company became the most powerful force in Hollywood, regarded with a mixture of fear and awe. In his signature black suit and black knit tie, Was-serman took Hollywood by storm. He shifted the balance of power from the studios - which had seven-year contractual strangleholds on the stars - to the talent, who became profit partners. When an antitrust suit forced MCA's evolution from talent agency to film- and television-production company, it was Wasserman who parlayed the control of a wide variety of entertainment and media products into a new type of Hollywood power base. There was only Washington left to conquer, and conquer it Wasserman did, quietly brokering alliances with Democratic and Republican administrations alike. That Wasserman's reach extended from the underworld to the White House only added to his mystique. Among his friends were Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, mob lawyer Sidney Korshak, and gangster Moe Dalitz - along with Presidents Johnson, Clinton, and especially Reagan, who enjoyed a particularly close and mutually beneficial relationship with Wasserman. He was equally intimate with Hollywood royalty, from Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart to Steven Spielberg, who began his career at MCA and once described Wasserman's eyeglasses as looking like two giant movie screens. The history of MCA is really the history of a revolution. Lew Wasserman ushered in the Hollywood we know today. He is the link between the old-school moguls with their ironclad studio contracts and the new industry defined by multimedia conglomerates, power agents, multimillionaire actors, and profit sharing. In the hands of Connie Bruck, the story of Lew Wasserman’s rise to power takes on an almost Shakespearean scope. When Hollywood Had a King reveals the industry's greatest untold story: how a stealthy, enterprising power broker became, for a time, Tinseltown's absolute monarch. / Connie Bruck has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1989; she frequently writes about business and politics. In 1996, her profile of Newt Gingrich won the National Magazine Award for reporting, her second. Bruck is the author of Master of the Game and The Predators' Ball. She lives in Los Angeles." - Publisher. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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[EAN: 9780375501685], Gebraucht, guter Zustand, [PU: Random House, New York], COLLECTIBLE, History|Historical Geography, Performing Arts|Film|Direction & Production, Performing Arts|General, Business & Economics|Leadership, Jacket, xiv, 512 pp., illus., biblio., index; 25 cm. Tight, clean copy. Stated "First Edition." Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. "In When Hollywood Had a King, the distinguished journalist Connie Bruck tells the sweeping story of MCA and its brilliant leader, a man who transformed the entertainment industry - businessman, politician, tactician, and visionary Lew Wasserman. The Music Corporation of America was founded in Chicago in 1924 by Dr. Jules Stein, an ophthalmologist with a gift for booking bands. Twelve years later, Stein moved his operations west to Beverly Hills and hired Lew Wasserman. From his meager beginnings as a movie-theater usher in Cleveland, Wasserman ultimately ascended to the post of president of MCA, and the company became the most powerful force in Hollywood, regarded with a mixture of fear and awe. In his signature black suit and black knit tie, Was-serman took Hollywood by storm. He shifted the balance of power from the studios - which had seven-year contractual strangleholds on the stars - to the talent, who became profit partners. When an antitrust suit forced MCA's evolution from talent agency to film- and television-production company, it was Wasserman who parlayed the control of a wide variety of entertainment and media products into a new type of Hollywood power base. There was only Washington left to conquer, and conquer it Wasserman did, quietly brokering alliances with Democratic and Republican administrations alike. That Wasserman's reach extended from the underworld to the White House only added to his mystique. Among his friends were Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, mob lawyer Sidney Korshak, and gangster Moe Dalitz - along with Presidents Johnson, Clinton, and especially Reagan, who enjoyed a particularly close and mutually beneficial relationship with Wasserman. He was equally intimate with Hollywood royalty, from Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart to Steven Spielberg, who began his career at MCA and once described Wasserman's eyeglasses as looking like two giant movie screens. The history of MCA is really the history of a revolution. Lew Wasserman ushered in the Hollywood we know today. He is the link between the old-school moguls with their ironclad studio contracts and the new industry defined by multimedia conglomerates, power agents, multimillionaire actors, and profit sharing. In the hands of Connie Bruck, the story of Lew Wasserman’s rise to power takes on an almost Shakespearean scope. When Hollywood Had a King reveals the industry's greatest untold story: how a stealthy, enterprising power broker became, for a time, Tinseltown's absolute monarch. / Connie Bruck has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1989; she frequently writes about business and politics. In 1996, her profile of Newt Gingrich won the National Magazine Award for reporting, her second. Bruck is the author of Master of the Game and The Predators' Ball. She lives in Los Angeles." - Publisher. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent into Power and Influence
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In the hands of Bruck, the story of Lew Wasserman's rise to power takes on an almost Shakespearean scope. "When Hollywood Had a King" will finally tell the industry's greatest untold story: how a stealthy, enterprising power broker became, for a time, Tinseltown's absolute monarch.

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Publishing year: 2003
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