The Hollywood Economist 2.0
The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
By Edward Jay Epstein
(Melville House Publishing, Paperback, 9781612190501, 240pp.)
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
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A fully revised edition of the popular guide to Hollywood finances, updated to reflect even newer films and trends
In a Freakonomics-meets-Hollywood saga, veteran investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein goes undercover to explore Hollywood’s “invisible money machine,” probing the dazzlingly complicated finances behind the hits and flops, while he answers a surprisingly difficult question: How do the studiosmake their money?
We also learn:
+ How and why the studios harvest silver from old film prints ...
+ Why stars do—or don’t do—their own stunts ...
+ The future of Netflix: Why the “next big thing” now seems in such deep trouble...
+ What it costs to insure Nicole Kidman’s right knee…
+ How Hollywood manipulates Wall Street: including the story of the acquisition of MGM… wherein a consortium of banks and hedge funds lost some $5 billion… while Hollywood made millions.
+ Why Arnold Schwarzenegger is considered a contract genius…
+ The fate of serious fare: How HBO, AMC, and Showtime have found ways to make money offer adult drama, while the Hollywood studios prefer to cater to teen audiences.
+ Why Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is considered a “masterpiece” of financing ...