The Dream Team: The Rise and Fall of DreamWorks: Lessons from the New Hollywood
On October 12, 1994, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen - three of Hollywood's biggest players - announced they would form a new studio to produce feature films, television series, and pop music recordings. It didn't have a name, though Katzenberg's reference to his partners as the "Dream Team" eventually led to the company being dubbed DreamWorks. What the three men were attempting hadn't been done in more than sixty years: create a movie studio that could compete with the already existing giants.
In The Dream Team, Daniel M. Kimmel tells the behind-the-scenes story of DreamWorks' rise and the end of the dream eleven years later, when most of the company was sold off or shut down. Its plan for 1,087 acres of studio facilities that would include residences and retail operations came to naught. Its animation division was split off and went public. Its principals had already begun to go their own ways.
Mr. Kimmel investigates why an enterprise with such promise failed to reach the heights. Was it the company's diffuse management style, or had the industry changed and consolidated so greatly that it was now impossible for new players to break into the ranks? Mr. Kimmel offers intriguing answers, showing how, more often than not, the guys tilting at windmills usually end up on the ground.
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Review: The Dream Team: The Rise and Fall of DreamWorks: Lessons from the New HollywoodUser Review - Russell Allison - Goodreads
Sometimes informative, but not very insightful or well-written book. Tracks the inception of DreamWorks SKG up until the end of its existence as an independent studio. The author has remarkably few ... Read full review
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