Hit and Run

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 17, 1997 - Business & Economics - 496 pages
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"Hit and Run" tells the improbable and often hilarious story of how two film packagers well known for spending other people's money and ripping off credit for other people's work went on a deliberate campaign to reinvent themselves as studio executives. With the exception of "Batman," Jon Peters and Peter Guber were barely involved with the most successful films they 'produced.' Steven Spielberg wouldn't allow them on the set of "The Color Purple," and they were on the set of "Rain Man" only once, briefly. With the help of one of Michael Milken's top lieutenants, they succeeded. It was the most audacious sales job of their careers: This unlikely team got Sony to give them the richest deal in Hollywood history. Veteran reporters Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters chronicle the rise of Jon Peters, a semiliterate former hairdresser, seventh-grade dropout, and juvenile delinquent, and his soulless soul mate, Peter Guber--including all the sex, drugs, and fistfights along the way. They describe the incredible carelessness with which Sony walked into a breach-of-contract suit by Warner Bros., its decision to stay the course even after that suit was filed, and the ultimate triumph of legendary Time Warner chairman Steve Ross, who exacted a settlement worth as much as $800 million from Sony. Griffin and Masters explain the history of Sony, the forces that drove it to seek salvation in Hollywood, and some of the cultural traits that left the Japanese uninoculated against the Hollywood hustle. --Publisher.
  

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An hilarious account of Hollywood excess. Loved it! Read full review

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User Review  - Laurie - Goodreads

This is only a book you should read if you have a deep interest in the movie industry. The book, written in the 90s, is about two guys who somehow become movie executives and get Sony to buy their ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
7
Son of Cochise
11
The Cinderella Story
20
The Diva and the Hairdresser
28
A Star Is Born
35
On His Own
49
A Survivor Is Born
61
Columbia the First Time
66
The Sony Story
188
Sony Goes Shopping
199
The Deal Is Done
214
Steve Rosss Revenge
233
Jon and Peter Set Up Shop
252
Whine and Roses
278
EtTu?
293
Price on Ice
313

Peter Takes the Plunge
82
Casablanca Days
87
Karmic Brothers
102
Joining the Warner Family
117
Men at Work
133
Dancing at the Predators Ball
142
Hit Men
158
Walter and Norio
175
Number One at the Box Office
330
Politics As Usual
353
Heidi Ho
386
A Bad Year Ends Badly
400
The Executive Shuffle
419
Source Notes
467
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Nancy Griffin is the West Coast Editor of Esquire magazine and the former Deputy Editor of Premiere. She lives in Los Angeles.

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