Mailroom Hollywood History from the Bottom Up

ISBN-10: 0345442350
ISBN-13: 9780345442352
Edition: N/A
Authors: David Rensin
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Description: It’s like a plot from a Hollywood potboiler: start out in the mailroom, end up a mogul. But for many, it happens to be true. Some of the biggest names in entertainment—including David Geffen, Barry Diller, and Michael Ovitz— started their dazzling  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/3/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

It’s like a plot from a Hollywood potboiler: start out in the mailroom, end up a mogul. But for many, it happens to be true. Some of the biggest names in entertainment—including David Geffen, Barry Diller, and Michael Ovitz— started their dazzling careers in the lowly mailroom. Based on more than two hundred interviews, David Rensin unfolds the never-before-told history of an American institution—in the voices of the people who lived it. Through nearly seven decades of glamour and humiliation, lousy pay and incredible perks, killer egos and a kill-or-be-killed ethos, you’ll go where the trainees go, learn what they must do to get ahead, and hear the best insider stories from the Hollywood everyone knows about but no one really knows. A vibrant tapestry of dreams, desire, and exploitation, The Mailroom is not only an engrossing read but a crash course, taught by the experts, on how to succeed in Hollywood.

Introduction: Everyone Has to Start Somewhere
Kids at Work
Kids at Work: William Morris Agency, New York, 1937-1951
A Charmed Life, or A Thirty-Six Short Makes It Big: Norman Brokaw: William Morris Agency, Los Angeles, 1943
The Thrill of It All
Traffic: Music Corporation of America, Los Angeles, 1942-1958
The Thrill of It All: William Morris Agency, New York, 1955-1958
The Mentor: William Morris Agency, Los Angeles, 1957-1959
Ambition
The Man Who Loved Show Business: Sandy Gallin: General Artists Corporation, New York, 1962
Sons of the Triple Cross: William Morris Agency, Los Angeles, 1961-1963
Everybody Loves Ronnie: Ron Meyer: Paul Kohner Agency, Los Angeles, 1963
Ambition: William Morris Agency, New York, 1961-1967
The Good Mike: Michael Peretzian: William Morris Agency, Los Angeles, 1969
Ties that Bind
Ties That Bind: William Morris Agency, Los Angeles, 1974-1977
The Guinea Pig: Michael Menchel: Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, 1976
The Wild East: International Creative Management, New York, 1978-1981
Thoughtfully Political: Sam Haskell: William Morris Agency, Los Angeles, 1978; Rob Carlson: William Morris Agency, Los Angeles, 1989
If I Do Say So Myself: Jeremy Zimmer: William Morris Agency, New York, 1979
Pressure, Pressure, Pressure
Our Job is to Say Yes: Judy Hofflund: Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, 1982
For the Love of Mike: Assisting Michael Ovitz: Stuart Griffen: Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, 1982; David "Doc" O'Connor: Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, 1983
Pressure, Pressure, Pressure: Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, 1984-1990
As the mailroom Turns
Outpost on Sixth Avenue: William Morris Agency, New York, 1981-1986
Came and Gone: William Morris Agency, Los Angeles, 1980-1986
Brothers in Arms: Brian Medavoy and Kevin Misher: Creative Artists Agency, International Creative Management, Inter Talent, Los Angeles, 1986-1990
As The Mailroom Turns: International Creative Management, Los Angeles, 1989-1993
In Your Face! ... With Love
Jeremy's Kids: United Talent Agency, Los Angeles, 1991-1994
In Your Face! ... With Love: Adriana Alberghetti: Endeavor, Los Angeles, 1995
Stairway to Heaven: Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, 1994-1996
The Second Hundred Years
Kids at Work: William Morris Agency, Los Angeles, 1997-1999
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