The Hollywood Economist 2.0: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies

The Hollywood Economist 2.0: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies


By (author) Edward Jay Epstein

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  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 203mm x 18mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Brooklyn
  • ISBN 10: 1612190502
  • ISBN 13: 9781612190501
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd Rel REV & Updtd ed.
  • Sales rank: 173,041

Product description

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 ...

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Author information

Edward Jay Epstein, who wrote the "Hollywood Economist" column for "Slate," is the author of "The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood," as well as many other books. He has written for the "Wall Street Journal," "Vanity Fair," "The New York Times Magazine," and "The New Yorker," and he lives in New York City. His website is

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"The answer to [the] mysteries of modern-day film financing can be found in The Hollywood Economist, Edward Jay Epstein's latest foray into the seamy underbelly of Hollywood spreadsheets." --"The Wall Street Journal" "[A] terrific job.... There's fun to be had in knowing specifics, and Epstein offers plenty." --"Entertainment Weekly"