George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success

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Harper Collins, Mar 30, 2010 - Performing Arts - 976 pages

A comprehensive look at 300 of the most financially and/or critically successful motion pictures of all time—many made despite seemingly insurmountable economic, cultural, and political challenges—set against the prevailing production, distribution, exhibition, marketing, and technology trends of each decade in movie business history.


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Award-winning entertainment industry journalist, author, broadcaster, and show business historian Alex Ben Block is Contributing Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, covering the business of both movies and television. He is also Editor of the book Blockbusting: The Business of Filmmaking: A Decade-by-Decade Survey, with coeditor Lucy Autrey Wilson, showcasing 300 blockbuster movies and an insider's look at more than a century of movie-making for HarperCollins and George Lucas Books. Block returned to The Hollywood Reporter in mid-2009, where he had been Editor for seven years in the 90s. While Editor, Block oversaw a major improvement in the news product, hired a top-notch staff, launched the first weekly international edition, and the first online edition, helping raise the standards of journalism. During his tenure, he edited The Hollywood Reporter Cannes festival dailies in France six times, produced the Key Art Awards, and moderated and spoke at numerous seminars, panels, and events. He went on to be founding Editor of TelevisionWeek, which he relaunched in print, and then oversaw redesign of the website. He moderated the TV Week Power Breakfast series, as well as panels on media, television, movies, advertising, and the media. Block is a widely quoted show business historian and contributor to the nationally syndicated radio program The Advertising Show, and frequently does commentary about show business on KNBC-TV and NBC Digital 4 serving Southern California. Block is a popular public speaker, toastmaster, emcee, and moderator. He provides behind-the-scenes insight on a hundred years of blockbuster movies. His panels at the Paley Center for Media included a one-on-one with Roseanne Barr, a look at Fox's Prison Break, and a dialogue about the image of Arabs on TV with producers of 24 and Lost. As Director of Programming, Block produced panels and created the first 3-D Day for the American Pavilion during the 2008 Cannes Film Festival that featured James Cameron. He's moderated at Digital Hollywood, NATPE, Showest, Hong Kong Market, Show Biz Expo, and many others. He has been Associate Editor of Forbes magazine, covering Hollywood; movie critic and entertainment editor for the Miami News; columnist and critic for the Detroit News; as well as Assistant City Editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, overseeing coverage of Southern California. As a leader in the journalism community, Block served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Press Club for three years, helping reorganize it for nonprofit status, ramping up the awards program, and making it relevant to journalists in the digital age. As an honorary board member ever since, his contributions have included organizing a Los Angeles Herald Examiner reunion, numerous panels, and an event at the Annenberg School at USC called "Who Can Be Trusted?: A Seminar on Sourcing," also sponsored by the New York Times and Discovery Networks. Block was Editor-in-Chief and VP of, a pioneering show business website where he organized the editorial team and built a celebrity database. He is author of the critically acclaimed books Outfoxed: The Inside Story of America's Fourth Television Network, and the international bestseller The Legend of Bruce Lee. Block was heard on NPR-affiliate KPCC-FM's "Call Sheet" for five years and remains a frequent contributor to John Rabe's "Off Ramp," "The Larry Mantle Show," and Patt Morrison's talk show. His expert commentary has been or heard on KNBC-TV, The Today Show, CNBC, NPR, NBC, The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, CNN, and many more outlets. Block's honors include three Los Angeles Press Club Awards for journalistic excellence, Hearst Awards, Crain Awards, a Detroit Press Club Award, a Will Rogers Foundation Willie Award, the (RIM) Angel in Media Award, and the prestigious Journalism Award from the Caucus for Television Producers, Directors and Writers presented to him by CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves. A native of Syracuse, New

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