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A fully revised edition of the popular guide to Hollywood finances, updated to reflect even newer films and trends
A fast-and-dirty guide to the financial world behind the movies, The Hollywood Economist was a surprise hit last year. Now Edward Jay Epstein has updated his look into the dazzlingly complicated economics of Hollywood with The Hollywood Economist 2.0 to include:
•The story of MGM: How Sony and Comcast managed to make millions but lost a consortium of hedge funds some $3.7 billion.
•The fate of serious fare: How Pay-TV channels like HBO, AMC, and Showtime have figured out how to make money on shows like The Wire, Mad Men, and Big Love, while the Hollywood studios are still catering to teens.
•Indie finance in trouble: over the last five years, the largest distributors of indie films have closed. How has this affected the makers of indie films?
•The future of Netflix: How the company has found itself competing with the entertainment industry’s biggest players (Apple, HBO, and YouTube) and whether it has the resources to compete in the long term.
What’s more, the book also now includes a practical guide: “What Every Film Student Needs to Know about Hollywood.”
“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