Behind the Scenes with Hollywood Producers

Interviews with 14 Top Film Creators


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About the Book

We know what actors do. We know what writers do. But what does a movie producer do, other than arrange financing for films and accept Academy Awards? Featuring in-depth interviews with 14 top movie producers, including eight who have won Oscars for Best Picture, this book describes how they nurture a project from concept to casting to screen. They are entrepreneurs, essentially creating a new business every time they start work on a film. They possess an array of skills and talents and the resilience and the fortitude to not take “no” for an answer.
The interviewees are Marc Abraham, Tony Bill, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Clint Eastwood, Taylor Hackford, Mark Johnson, Arnold Kopelson, Alan Ladd, Jr., Michael London, Fred Roos, Paula Wagner, Jim Wilson and Janet Yang.

About the Author(s)

Duane Byrge is a film critic for The Hollywood Reporter in Los Angeles. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Duane Byrge
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: 14 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7211-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2491-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert Osborne  1

Preface  3

Marc Abraham 5

Tony Bill 16

Bona Fide Productions: Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa 27

Clint Eastwood 50

Taylor Hackford 70

Mark Johnson 101

Arnold Kopelson 111

Alan Ladd Jr. 123

Michael London 134

Fred Roos 145

Paula Wagner 154

Jim Wilson 170

Janet Yang 187

Index  197