AzBaja.com, Home of the VW Baja Bug  
BizStore » Books » The Agency: William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business
United States Canada United Kingdom Germany France Japan

BizStore » Book
The Agency: William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business
The Agency: William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business

List Price: $16.00
Our Price: $75.94
Availability: N/A
Manufacturer: Harperbusiness
Publisher: Harperbusiness
Author(s): Frank Rose

Buy it now at Amazon.com!
Add To Cart
Product Description:
Binding: Paperback
Brand: Brand: Harperbusiness
EAN: 9780887308079
Feature: Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN: 0887308074
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Harperbusiness
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Harperbusiness
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 576
Publication Date: 1996-06-01
Publisher: Harperbusiness
Studio: Harperbusiness
Product Features:
Used Book in Good Condition
Editorial Review:
For decades, hidden from the public eye, William Morris agents made the deals that determined the fate of stars, studios, and networks alike. Mae West, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Danny Thomas, Steve McQueen--the Morris Agency sold talent to anyone in the market for it, from the Hollywood studios to the mobsters who ran Vegas to the Madison Avenue admen who controlled television. While the clients took the spotlight, the agency operated behind the scenes, providing the grease that made show business what it's become.

The story begins more than a century ago, when a fiery young immigrant named William Morris opened a vaudeville-booking office on New York's Fourteenth Street and went up against the trust that ruled the leading entertainment medium of the day. Led after Morris's death by the legendary Abe Lastfogel, a cherubic little man who treated agents and clients alike as family, the firm transformed the agent's image from garish flesh-peddler to smooth-talking professional. But when Lastfogel's successor brutally sacrificed his best friend--the man who'd brought Barry Diller and Michael Ovitz out of the mail room--William Morris gave birth to its own nemesis: Ovitz's new firm, CAA. Throughout the '80s and '90s, as the Morris Agency made, and lost, such stars as Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Kevin Costner and Tom Hanks, Ovitz's power grew inexorably as Morris's waned. Lulled by the phenomenal success of Bill Cosby and the upward spiral of the Beverly Hills real estate market, Morris's board failed to act as death and defection thinned its ranks. Finally, with its flagship motion-picture department on the brink of collapse, the board was faced with the stark reality of having to buy its way back into the business it had once owned.
Buy it now at Amazon.com!
Based on Amazon Store Manager Copyright © 2005 - 2018 Nuke Business Resources
Amazon Store

If you see Errors please E-mail Eric (AT) AzBaja.com X XX XXX
azbaja.com Webutation

eXTReMe Tracker
XXXX
The logos and trademarks used on this site are the property of their respective owners
We are not responsible for comments posted by our users, as they are the property of the poster. Any use, commercial or educational, requires written permission from the author.
Interactive software released under GNU GPL, Code Credits, Privacy Policy