The Real, Low Down, Dirty Truth about Hollywood Agenting: The Day-to-Day Inner Workings of Hollywood from a Seasoned Talent Agent's Point of View

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Linden Publishing, 2007 - Performing Arts - 176 pages
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In this book you'll find everything you always wanted to know about the real, honest-to-not-so-goodness, day-to-day inner workings of Hollywood. Not the glamorous Oscar-winning-Spielberg-red-carpet Hollywood, but the real-life daily grind of working Hollywood. For the very first time, a Hollywood film agent has opened up her phone sheet and crackberry to show us how agents, writers, and directors function in a world of producers, development executives, and studio executives. This isn't another book dishing the dirt about the rich and famous; it's a fresh, tell-all translation from Hollywood-speak to plain English, a peek behind the wizard's curtain into a culture that's rarely captured without cliche and hyperbole. You'll learn how to get an agent, how to keep one, what they do, and what they don't do. You'll learn how agents navigate through the murky, film-world politics and even why agents are such infamous liars.
 

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Contents

Who Are All These People? and What Do They Do Anyway?
3
How Scripts Get Sold
12
Development Hell
20
How Movies Get Made
25
Agents Defined
33
What Agents
36
About Agencies
43
A Day in the Life of an Agent
49
Why Agents Lie
102
The Alleged Mind of an
111
Why Being an Agent is the BestWorst Job in the World
120
25 Truths Nobody Will Tell You
127
Unspoken Rules
157
MustSee Movies
161
MustRead Books
163
Hollywood Terms and Their True Meanings
164

Getting an Agent
59
Keeping Your Agent
67
The Art of the Sale
73
The Art of the Deal
79
About the Author
185
Back Cover
187
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Rima Greer began agenting in 1984 and built her client list, selling such projects as "Memphis Belle," "Highlander," "Backdraft" and "Milk Money." She was President of Literary from 1989 to 1994, when she started her own company, Above the Line Agency, established in September 1994. At Above the Line, Rima has been involved in studio projects like "Charlie's Angels" (Columbia) and "Timeline" (Paramount), and the upcoming "Nowhereland" (Paramount)..

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