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 Madison, Wisconsin.

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

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