The Hollywood Economist

The Hollywood Economist

The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies

Book - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
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 the flops, while he answers the surprisingly puzzling question: How do the studios make their money?

Along the way we also learn much about star system and what makes the business tick:

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

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

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

+ Why Arnold Schwarzenegger is considered a contract genius ...

+ How Hollywood goes about doping outside investors and hedge fund managers ...

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

Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House, c2010
ISBN: 9781933633848
Branch Call Number: 384.83097 EPS
Characteristics: 224 p. : facsims. ; 21 cm


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Feb 16, 2013

This is an excellet and insightful deep penetration look at the financing behind Hollywood pictures and how it takes the upper hand. Although Mr. Epstein, an investigative journalist, originally out of New York, doesn't explain every financial concoction (that would require a book ten times as long) he writes a very concise summary of the overarching picture and structure. Highly recommended!

Jul 23, 2011

A great read about the financing system of the movie industry. Interesting, changes topics and a farly easy read.

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