The Men Who Would Be King

An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks
CD - unabridged
Audio (14 discs)
Product Number: DD18718
Released: May 10, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400116478
Narrator/s: Stephen Hoye
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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For sixty years, since the birth of United Artists, the studio landscape was unchanged.Then came Hollywood's Circus Maximus-created by director Steven Spielberg, billionaire David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave the world The Lion King-an entertainment empire called DreamWorks. Now Nicole LaPorte, who covered the company for Variety, goes behind the hype to reveal for the first time the delicious truth of what happened. Audiences will feel they are part of the creative calamities of moviemaking as LaPorte's fly-on-the-wall detail shows us Hollywood's bizarre rules of business. We see the clashes between the often otherworldly Spielberg's troops and Katzenberg's warriors, the debacles and disasters, but also the Oscar-winning triumphs, including Saving Private Ryan. We watch as the studio burns through billions, its rich owners get richer, and everybody else suffers. We see Geffen seducing investors like Microsoft's Paul Allen, showing his steel against CAA's Michael Ovitz, and staging fireworks during negotiations with Paramount and Disney. Here is Hollywood, up close, glamorous, and gritty.


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The Men Who Would Be King
Product Number: BX00039656
Product Number:Z100088163
Product Number:DD18718

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Author(s): Nicole LaPorte
Narrator(s): Stephen Hoye
Product Number Z100088163
Released: Feb 02, 2015
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400196470
Author(s): Nicole LaPorte
Product Number EB00030765
Released: May 04, 2010
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ISBN: #9780547487168

Professional reviews

"In this unauthorized biography of the movie production company DreamWorks, former VARIETY writer Nicole LaPorte recounts the story of Jeffrey Katzenberg's career after he leaves Disney in 1994 and founds DreamWorks with two of the most powerful figures in the entertainment business--music mogul David Geffen and director Steven Spielberg. Narrator Stephen Hoye makes listeners feel like they're part of the creative calamities of movie-making as LaPorte's fly-on-the-wall reporting reveals the clashes between Spielberg's and Katzenberg's employees--their disasters and debacles, as well as their Oscar-winning triumphs. LaPorte goes beyond the hype to deliver a fairly evenhanded picture of DreamWorks and its founders. Hoye uses just enough vocal variation to portray the fireworks that characterized the company's negotiations with Paramount and Disney. B.C.E. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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