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  • ISBN 0812972171
  • ISBN13 978-0812972177
  • Language English
  • Author Connie Bruck
  • Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks (July 13, 2004)
  • Pages 528
  • Formats lrf mobi azw doc
  • Category Business
  • Subcategory Industries
  • Size ePub 1623 kb
  • Size Fb2 1955 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
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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.From the Hardcover edition.

When Hollywood Had a King book.

When Hollywood Had a King book. When an antitrust suit forced MCA’s evolution from talent agency to film- and n 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.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 483-494) and index. A history of the Music Corporation of America traces the entertainment giant from its founding in 1924, through its rise to become the most powerful force in the film world under the visionary leadership of Lew Wasserman.

By Connie Bruck Random House. Stein had entered this business at a young age-he was only seventeen when he began assembling and booking bands as a means of putting himself through school-but he had grasped the power of the union from the start. In the first few years, he had booked bands mainly in summer resort areas, always employing members of the Federation (AFM). But one summer, unable to fill an orchestra for a resort engagement at Lake Okoboji in Iowa, he had engaged a nonunion musician, hoping his transgression would remain secret.

But Connie Bruck had his cooperation for this biography

But Connie Bruck had his cooperation for this biography. A richly detailed portrait of Wasserman's career and the times that shaped him, it's likely to remain definitive for years to come. The austere and fearsome mogul whose trademark, thick, black-rimmed glasses Steven Spielberg once said resembled two movie screens, never lost in a deal, never made a mistake, could see around corners into tomorrow, writes Connie Bruck.

book by Connie Bruck. Her books read like political thrillers. She has multiple threads keeping the plot moving, and each thread reveals important information about the character.

Her books read like political thrillers. She outwrites most fiction thriller writers. When Hollywood had a king" kept me rivited to my audiobook the entire time.

According to the 2003 book When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent into Power and Influence, Wasserman was interested in acquiring The Walt Disney Company in 1984, and this deal came within inches of actually happening:

According to the 2003 book When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent into Power and Influence, Wasserman was interested in acquiring The Walt Disney Company in 1984, and this deal came within inches of actually happening:. In 1984, MCA held talks about acquiring Walt Disney Studios when that company was trying to repel the advances of investor Saul Steinberg. All the terms were done," said Barry Diller, who had learned what happened from one of the principals

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Bruck's more prosaic subtitle is The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent Into Power and Influence

Many would-be moguls have grasped at Universal over the years, hoping to expand it from a kingdom to an empire. Only Wasserman succeeded-and only for a while. Bruck's more prosaic subtitle is The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent Into Power and Influence. It doesn't quite sing, but it reflects her intent.

WHEN HOLLYWOOD HAD A KING: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent Into Power and Influence, by Connie Bruck. Not only was he a brilliant negotiator and numbers person, ''he was a walking computer before there were computers,'' as one associate told the author.

The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent Into Power and Influence

The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent Into Power and Influence. As Connie Bruck fascinatingly reports in When Hollywood Had a King, a deal-by-deal analysis of the Wasserman executive style and the business climate in which it thrived, Wasserman’s having to get out of the talent business looked like a form of poetic justice.

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AGAD
Connie Bruck is a masterful biographer, one of the best.
Her books read like political thrillers. She has multiple threads
keeping the plot moving, and each thread reveals important
information about the character. She outwrites most fiction thriller
writers.
"When Hollywood had a king" kept me rivited to my audiobook the entire time.
Basically, Lew Wasserman is a constantly scheming, completely self-centered,
with no interests except business dealings and enlarging his fortune.
Bruck portrays him as a crass, nouveau rich executive. He and his wife
hold parties, and only include those with the right social status.
Yet they themselves come from lower-middle class backgrounds.
Wasserman is ruthless in his dealings with everyone, both other business
executives and his employees. This man is the epitome of the ugly businessman.

Bruck does a spectacular job of showing how the origins of the Talent Agent
business that Wasserman started in had mafia ties. wassermann continued
to use the Mafia practices of intimidation, fear and punishment in all
his business dealings, a true shark suit. If you worked at MCA and quit,
it was viewed as an act of betrayal, and Wassermann would do his best
to impede your career. Bruck shows how Wassermann kept you in your
place, giving you small rewards for doing as he said, and big
punishments for doing what was best for you.

The book shows how JFK & Bobby Kennedy were influenced to make the anti-trust
changes light the year they spun off the MCA talent agency business.
Wassermann chose this division to spin off, then just fired all the
employees who were loyal to him for 20+ years; no pension, no nothing.
That was the kind of guy he was. Do what he wants and you're 'part of the family'. But he doesn't
help you when it doesn't benefit him.

I can't imagine a work of fiction being more engaging than this book.
Plus, when you're done, you have a good understanding of the whole
hollywood business scene, and how project (movies) get done in Hollywood.
Wassermann was a talented business guy, no doubt. But in his brand of
business, other humans have no meaning except how they benefit you.
Mightdragon
I had high expectations for this work after reading `Predators' Ball' and `Master of the Game.' I was not disappointed. It's a stunning portrait of a legendary Hollywood mogul and his genius for cultivating unparalleled power and influence. Though nonfiction, it's a narrative worthy of the best fiction.

The saga begins in 1922 with future MCA founder Julius Caesar Stein and union heavyweight James Caesar Petrillo in mob-ruled Chicago. It ends 80 years later with Wasserman's death (slightly past his prime) in Hollywood.

It's a story of timely innovation - in performance bookings, agency representation, studio production, television content agreements, union exclusives, tax loophole exploits, political lobbying, fundraising, influence, and leverage. Ultimately, it's the story of the `entertainment' industry,' complete with celebrities, politicians (from JFK; Nixon's history alone is worth the price of the book), and even Japanese suitors.

Highly recommended.
Olma
I worked at Universal Studios during some of the Wasserman years and even so I found this book full of new material and interesting on its own. Well researched. Movies are our cultural legacy and Mr. Wasserman was certainly instumental in bringing that about following the so-called Golden Years of the 30s and 40s. He was one of the last studio moguls and Hollywood would be a different place today without him.
Mikarr
A well written bio of one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and so much more. You'll find a history and progression of Hollywood and all entertainment back to the dance hall band and radio and how Wasserman and Stein came to rule them. But there is much, much more too. Connections with the mafia and Presidents, and more than a few hints about how Reagan's path from the B-list to politics was paved...and at what price.

Highly recommended.
Άνουβις
I had previously seen the film "The Last Mogul" which was fascinating. This book gives you a lot more detail and you will understand a lot of things after you read it :)
GawelleN
arrived promptly and was as advertised
Aiata
Excellent history of MCA and the Mob.
My son needed this for a college class. It was an okay read for both of us but not something I felt worth keeping.