Blockbusters: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment (Hardback)
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Short Description for Blockbusters Explores "what's behind the phenomenal success of entertainment businesses such as Warner Bros., Marvel Entertainment, and the NFL--along with such stars as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and LeBron James--[and] which strategies give leaders in film, television, music, publishing, and sports an edge over their rivals"--Dust jacket flap.
- Published: 15 October 2013
- Format: Hardback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780805094336 ISBN 10: 0805094334
- Sales rank: 60,860
Full description for Blockbusters
Why the future of popular culture will revolve around ever bigger bets on entertainment products, by one of Harvard Business School's most popular professorsWhat's behind the phenomenal success of entertainment businesses such as Warner Bros., Marvel Entertainment, and the NFL--along with such stars as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and LeBron James? Which strategies give leaders in film, television, music, publishing, and sports an edge over their rivals?Anita Elberse, Harvard Business School's expert on the entertainment industry, has done pioneering research on the worlds of media and sports for more than a decade. Now, in this groundbreaking book, she explains a powerful truth about the fiercely competitive world of entertainment: building a business around blockbuster products--the movies, television shows, songs, and books that are hugely expensive to produce and market--is the surest path to long-term success. Along the way, she reveals why entertainment executives often spend outrageous amounts of money in search of the next blockbuster, why superstars are paid unimaginable sums, and how digital technologies are transforming the entertainment landscape.Full of inside stories emerging from Elberse's unprecedented access to some of the world's most successful entertainment brands, "Blockbusters" is destined to become required reading for anyone seeking to understand how the entertainment industry really works--and how to navigate today's high-stakes business world at large.