Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency
An astonishing—and astonishingly entertaining—history of Hollywood’s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all, from the #1 bestselling co-author of Live from New York and Those Guys Have All the Fun.
The movies you watch, the TV shows you adore, the concerts and sporting events you attend—behind the curtain of nearly al...more
At its best this is a business book about managing people, negotiating contracts, finding your passion, building a career and portfolio, lessons learned, teamwork, work/life balance, mitigating success and failure, and some awesome stories about old LA (working your way up from the mailroom, the right place right time conversation, matching convertibles with vanit ...more
This book provided me with answers to much of my questions. CAA seemed to be the most powerful service organization in the world (excluding investment funds). The history of their journey (into being less client service, mo ...more
Only issue for me was keeping track of the numerous number of people. I knew the main characters well but trying to remember other agents and their significance to the main characters they started to all blend in together. The book is quite long (about 800 pages) but crazy all the drama that too ...more
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The world that these agents navigate is fascinating and this book is testament to the bright and dark sides of Hollywood.
I strongly recommend this exquisite and entertaining book.
This was a great story of five guys who left the comfort of their careers with the William Morris Agency and decided to set off on their own. From humble beginnings of a card table and some telephones, these guys outgrinded everyone around them, forming an agency that started with TV ...more
That said, I could have read stories about Mike Ovitz and Ron Meyer all day long. While Ovitz was the l ...more
An oral history of one talent agency to rule them all, CAA has a great business story, a mythology that has been polished over the years, something you can tell because towards the end when you get to present-day, the spin hasn't really taken off with its safe, boring public-facing statements that lack any resembla ...more
I was therefore naturally attracted to Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller. This is the story of the founding of Creative Artists, the ground-breaking literary agency. (I also read Miller's book on ESPN). Miller's trademark is writing oral histories, and he is extremely good at it. There is commentary when needed, but it is used sparingly. He doesn't re-inven ...more
The format of an oral history, where we are presented with an endless stream of interview snippets and anecdotes is one people seem to either love or hate. I can't get enough of them and this one has plenty of Hollywood glitz, out of control egos and stories about fame, money and power. Even if you have no interest in the agency ...more
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I am finally finished.
That’s right, friends. I finally finished the 700+ page behemoth known as Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency by James Andrew Miller. Whoo, man. It was a lot.
And y’all know that I’m not a slow reader. But it really took some time to get through this exhaustively researched oral history of CAA, one of Hollywood’s biggest agencies. Although I gotta say, while the book does drag at times, overall it is a fascinating look into the rise, s ...more
“Powerhouse” reads in much the same way, except for the fact that most of the names involved are unfamiliar and for the most part, they are self-congratulatory. However, some of the stories are interesting.
This book i ...more