The Barry Diller Story: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Entertainment Mogul

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Wiley, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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The meteoric rise of "Killer Diller"

Barry Diller has been a major player in the entertainment industry for more than thirty years. Always on the cutting edge, he revolutionized television with such groundbreaking concepts as the movie-of-the-week and the miniseries. He greenlighted the megahits Raiders of the Lost Ark, 48 Hours, and Terms of Endearment. Now, industry insider George Mair takes you behind the scenes for a perceptive, penetrating, and completely captivating look at both the public persona and the private life of a legendary media mogul. Learn the truth about:

  • The critical acclaim—and the controversy—behind The Simpsons and Married . . . With Children
  • The abortive CBS-QVC merger: what went wrong and why
  • Hardball and heartbreak on The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers
  • Wheeling and dealing with Hollywood heavyhitters Rupert Murdoch, Sumner Redstone, Marvin Davis, Michael Eisner, and many, many more!

"He taught movie executives to put some passion into their jobs. The business is a better place because of Barry."—the late Dawn Steel studio head and onetime Barry Diller protégé at Paramount

"He really is the brightest of the bunch." —Julia Phillips Academy Award(r)-winning producer bestselling author of You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again

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THE BARRY DILLER STORY: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Entertainment Mogul

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Despite backroom machinations, swashbuckling deals, and towering personalities, this tepid biography is far from being a thriller-diller. While it requires a substantial stretch of imagination to call ... Read full review

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Barry Diller has been a Hollywood player since his days in the mail room of the William Morris Agency, a job he landed with the help of Marlo Thomas. A few years later, he invented the ABC movie of ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

GEORGE MAIR, formerly Editorial Director for CBS, is the author of 12 books, including Oprah Winfrey: The Real Story and Best Bette: The Life of Bette Midler. Mr. Mair lives in Dana Point, California.

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