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Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business

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andlt;B andgt;The veteran producer and author of the bestseller andlt;I andgt;Hello, He Liedandlt;/Iandgt; takes a witty and critical look at the new Hollywood. andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Over the past decade, producer Lynda Obst gradually realized she was working in a Hollywood that was undergoing a drastic transformation. The industry where everything had once been familiar to her was suddenly disturbingly strange.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Combining her own industry experience and interviews with the brightest minds in the business, Obst explains what has stalled the vast moviemaking machine. The calamitous DVD collapse helped usher in what she calls the New Abnormal (because Hollywood was never normal to begin with), where studios are now heavily dependent on foreign markets for profit, a situation which directly impacts the kind of entertainment we get to see. Can comedy survive if they donand#8217;t get our jokes in Seoul or allow them in China? Why are studios making fewer movies than everand#8212;and why are they bigger, more expensive and nearly always sequels or recycled ideas?andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Obst writes with affection, regret, humor and hope, and her behind-the-scenes vantage point allows her to explore what has changed in Hollywood like no one else has. This candid, insightful account explains what has happened to the movie business and explores whether itand#8217;ll ever return to making the movies we loveand#8212;the classics that make us laugh or cry, or that we just canand#8217;t stop talking about.

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"In this must-read on the ever-evolving movie industry, Obst (Hello, He Lied) examines how Hollywood has transitioned from what she calls the Old Abnormal to the New Abnormal ('because Hollywood...is never actually normal'). A producer known for her involvement in movies like Sleepless in Seattle, The Siege, and The Fisher King, Obst shares trivia, personal experiences, and second-hand anecdotes to explain how and why the entire movie-making system has changed. From the death of the DVD market, to the meteoric rise of the marketing department's influence, from the growing involvement of international partnerships to social media, she dissects the business. Though she occasionally gets bogged down in dry, technical moments, her narrative is otherwise accessible and entertaining. She conveys an oft-bemused air of exasperation, amusement, and world-weary frustration as she chronicles her experiences, transitioning from a movie producer whose projects can no longer get a greenlight in the New Abnormal, to a television producer for shows like Hot in Cleveland. Obst pulls back the curtain on an industry built on lies and illusion, allowing readers to get in on the ongoing joke. Agent: Sloan Harris, International Creative Management. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

By the author of the bestseller Hello, He Lied, a veteran producer takes a witty look at the new Hollywood. Lynda Obst returns to dish on the experts, tastemakers, and moguls of today’s Hollywood and the movies they make, and describes how the movie business has lost its MO—and is now losing its talent to network and especially cable TV.

With the collapse of the DVD market, the movie industry was crippled. The business reacted by producing tentpoles (mega-hits) or tadpoles (which nobody gets a chance to see). Why? Since the majority of their revenue comes from the foreign market, especially Russia and China, studios are no longer dependent on expensive stars or dialogue (i.e. writers). Special effects and 3D replace people.

Obst speaks from the front lines. Her subjects are friends, moguls, former employers, mentors, and even relatives, who express their opinions with disarming bluntness and hilarity. Obst combines her experiences with insights from the smartest people in the business.

In what Obst calls the New Abnormal (because Hollywood wasn’t normal to begin with), studios are paralyzed. Can the movie business be resurrected? Can it once again make the movies that make us laugh, cry, and wish we could own the DVD? Obst is ready.

Synopsis:

By the author of the bestseller Hello, He Lied, a veteran producer takes a witty look at the new Hollywood. Lynda Obst returns to dish on the experts, tastemakers, and moguls of today’s Hollywood and the movies they make. She describes how the movie business has lost its MO—and is now losing its talent to network and especially cable TV.

With the collapse of the DVD market, the movie industry was crippled. The business reacted by producing tentpoles (mega-hits) or tadpoles (which nobody gets a chance to see). Why? Since the majority of their revenue comes from the foreign market, especially China and Russia, studios are no longer dependent on expensive stars or dialogue (i.e. writers). Special effects and 3D replace people.

Obst speaks from the front lines. Her subjects are friends, moguls, former employers, mentors, and even relatives, who express their opinions with disarming bluntness and hilarity. Obst combines her experiences with insights from the smartest people in the business.

In what Obst calls the New Abnormal (because Hollywood wasn’t normal to begin with), studios are paralyzed. Can the movie business be resurrected? Can it once again make the movies that make us laugh, cry, and wish we could own the DVD? Obst is ready.

About the Author

andlt;b andgt;Lynda Obst andlt;/bandgt;began in films working with Peter Guber at Casablanca, where she developed andlt;i andgt;Flashdanceandlt;/iandgt;. She worked with David Geffen at Geffen films, then began as a producer and teamed with Debra Hill at Hill/Obst, where she worked on such films as andlt;i andgt;Adventures in Babysittingandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;i andgt;The Fisher Kingandlt;/iandgt;. She produced Nora Ephronand#8217;s directing debut, andlt;i andgt;This Is My Lifeandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;Sleepless in Seattleandlt;/iandgt; among sixteen movies at various studios. She is executive producer on TVlandand#8217;s andlt;i andgt;Hot In Clevelandandlt;/iandgt; and is producing TV and movies out of her office at Sony.andlt;b andgt;andlt;/bandgt;

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476727745
Author:
Obst, Lynda
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Business - General
Subject:
Drama-Reference
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 16-page b/w insert of 15-25 photos, 3
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.38 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this must-read on the ever-evolving movie industry, Obst (Hello, He Lied) examines how Hollywood has transitioned from what she calls the Old Abnormal to the New Abnormal ('because Hollywood...is never actually normal'). A producer known for her involvement in movies like Sleepless in Seattle, The Siege, and The Fisher King, Obst shares trivia, personal experiences, and second-hand anecdotes to explain how and why the entire movie-making system has changed. From the death of the DVD market, to the meteoric rise of the marketing department's influence, from the growing involvement of international partnerships to social media, she dissects the business. Though she occasionally gets bogged down in dry, technical moments, her narrative is otherwise accessible and entertaining. She conveys an oft-bemused air of exasperation, amusement, and world-weary frustration as she chronicles her experiences, transitioning from a movie producer whose projects can no longer get a greenlight in the New Abnormal, to a television producer for shows like Hot in Cleveland. Obst pulls back the curtain on an industry built on lies and illusion, allowing readers to get in on the ongoing joke. Agent: Sloan Harris, International Creative Management. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , By the author of the bestseller Hello, He Lied, a veteran producer takes a witty look at the new Hollywood. Lynda Obst returns to dish on the experts, tastemakers, and moguls of today’s Hollywood and the movies they make, and describes how the movie business has lost its MO—and is now losing its talent to network and especially cable TV.

With the collapse of the DVD market, the movie industry was crippled. The business reacted by producing tentpoles (mega-hits) or tadpoles (which nobody gets a chance to see). Why? Since the majority of their revenue comes from the foreign market, especially Russia and China, studios are no longer dependent on expensive stars or dialogue (i.e. writers). Special effects and 3D replace people.

Obst speaks from the front lines. Her subjects are friends, moguls, former employers, mentors, and even relatives, who express their opinions with disarming bluntness and hilarity. Obst combines her experiences with insights from the smartest people in the business.

In what Obst calls the New Abnormal (because Hollywood wasn’t normal to begin with), studios are paralyzed. Can the movie business be resurrected? Can it once again make the movies that make us laugh, cry, and wish we could own the DVD? Obst is ready.

"Synopsis" by , By the author of the bestseller Hello, He Lied, a veteran producer takes a witty look at the new Hollywood. Lynda Obst returns to dish on the experts, tastemakers, and moguls of today’s Hollywood and the movies they make. She describes how the movie business has lost its MO—and is now losing its talent to network and especially cable TV.

With the collapse of the DVD market, the movie industry was crippled. The business reacted by producing tentpoles (mega-hits) or tadpoles (which nobody gets a chance to see). Why? Since the majority of their revenue comes from the foreign market, especially China and Russia, studios are no longer dependent on expensive stars or dialogue (i.e. writers). Special effects and 3D replace people.

Obst speaks from the front lines. Her subjects are friends, moguls, former employers, mentors, and even relatives, who express their opinions with disarming bluntness and hilarity. Obst combines her experiences with insights from the smartest people in the business.

In what Obst calls the New Abnormal (because Hollywood wasn’t normal to begin with), studios are paralyzed. Can the movie business be resurrected? Can it once again make the movies that make us laugh, cry, and wish we could own the DVD? Obst is ready.

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