Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood

Bernard F. Dick, Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood
University Press of Kentucky | 2001-08-10 | ISBN: 0813122023 | 280 pages | File type: PDF | 1,6 mb
In the golden age of Hollywood, Paramount was one of the Big Five studios. Gulf Western¡¯s 1966 takeover of the studio signaled the end of one era and heralded the arrival of a new way of doing business in Hollywood.

Using previously untouched sources, Bernard Dick reconstructs the battle that culminated in the reduction of the studio to a mere corporate commodity. He then traces Paramount¡¯s devolution from free-standing studio to subsidiary¡ªfirst of Gulf Western, then Paramount Communications, and currently Viacom-CBS.

Dick portrays the new Paramount as a paradigm of today¡¯s Hollywood, where the only real art is the art of the deal. Former merchandising executives find themselves in charge of production, on the assumption that anyone who can sell a movie can make one. CEOs exit in disgrace from one studio only to emerge in triumph at another. Corporate raiders vie for power and control through the buying and selling of film libraries, studio property, television stations, book publishers, and more.

The history of Paramount is filled with larger-than-life personas, including Billy Wilder, Adolph Zukor, Sumner Redstone, Sherry Lansing, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and more. From Double Indemnity to The Godfather, the stories behind some of the greatest films ever made pale beside the story of the studio that made them.

Clever, thought-provoking¡­Dick has the ability to explain the complex in-fighting among studio executives in the corridors of power in a movie studio¡ªand their even more complex negotiations with the conglomerates who own the studios¡ªin a way that is clear and incisive.¡ªGene D. Phillips




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