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The Hollywood Economist by Edward Jay Epstein
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Apr 23, 12

Read from July 11 to November 06, 2011

There aren't many books about how Hollywood or the filmmaking industry works that aren't told through the lens of an actor/ actress writing his/her autobiography. Therefore, I appreciate Epstein's take and straightforward approach. This book is cut up into many short factual accounts - some just two pages long, others as a whole chapter of a book. It covers a wide range of interesting-to-know topics that any curious minded person would enjoy reading.

For example, here are some of the topics:
1. How do movie theaters make most of their money (most people know that it is through the high margins on selling food and not from ticket sales)?
2. How are the financial statements of films structured to ensure that investors are cheated out of any profit-sharing terms?
3. Why does Tom Cruise make so much damn money?
4. How do movie theaters determine how many seats to limit their screens to?

I found this book to be an entertaining and quick read. There's nothing else out there like it.
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