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The stunning metamorphosis of twenty-first-century Hollywood and what lies ahead for the art and commerce of film

In the past decade, Hollywood has endured a cataclysm on a par with the end of silent film and the demise of the studio system. Stars and directors have seen their power dwindle, while writers and producers lift their best techniques from TV, comic books, and the toy biz. The future of Hollywood is being written by powerful corporate brands like Marvel, Amazon, Netflix, and Lego, as well as censors in China.

Ben Fritz chronicles this dramatic shakeup with unmatched skill, bringing equal fluency to both the financial and entertainment aspects of Hollywood. He dives deeply into the fruits of the Sony hack to show how the previous model, long a creative and commercial success, lost its way. And he looks ahead through interviews with dozens of key players at Disney, Marvel, Netflix, Amazon, Imax, and others to discover how they have reinvented the business. He shows us, for instance, how Marvel replaced stars with “universes”, and how Disney remade itself in Apple’s image and reaped enormous profits.

But despite the destruction of the studios’ traditional playbook, Fritz argues that these seismic shifts signal the dawn of a new heyday for film. The Big Picture shows the first glimmers of this new golden age through the eyes of the creative mavericks who are defining what our movies will look like in the new era.

©2018 Ben Fritz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Lori Plager
  • 2019-11-19

Who is overseeing the audio part of this project?

Are you kidding me? How is it possible that a wonderfully-written book, read with an interesting voice, is so poorly produced? How is it possible that NO ONE has corrected the MULTIPLE mispronunciations of characters names, titles, locations, etc. It's incomprehensible. I had to LOOK UP Arad because I didn't know that the VO actor was referring to Avi Arad. It's not AIR-EDD; it's AH-RAHD. What about Menahem Golan? He pronounces his first name "MEN-AY-HEMM". OMG. These are just two of the examples. Every heard of due diligence? Cringe-worthy.

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  • Joshua C.
  • 2018-11-01

And now you know!

Loved the insight, and the perspective on modern Hollywood. Also enjoyed the author's choice of material from the Sony hack.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-05

Seems like the audiobook was rushed

Content of the book is very good and informative. I will say that Ben Fritz can be overly dismissive of things he doesnt like (Adam Sandler films did well on dvd because of fraternity brothers and stoners, a pretty dismissive view of the Chinese, and constantly reminding us that one of the big Netflix guys started as a college dropout managing a video store). Tim Pabon is only ok. I have no problem with him referring to Warner Brothers as Warner Brothers, Warners, and Warner Bros. Which are used interchangeably. Dont know why people have jumped on that. It does seem like they should have used some more takes (a pause before the reading of a difficult last name like its the first time hes reading it, last names changing [Pascall becomes Pascull a couple times], words mispronounced, and a couple chuckles while reading that dont fit what he is saying. It comes off at times as a first read through instead of a polished piece. Great book, ok audiobook.

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  • Michael Stradford
  • 2020-02-04

Could have been great

This review is largely about the production of the audiobook. The content of the book is fascinating, with an incisive, thoughtful look at the motion picture industry in the 2010s. The impact of streaming and franchises are examined in depth and provide a listener with information that clearly informs the challenge of transition that the film biz has been going through for the past several years. However, if the reader is someone with little or no knowledge of the film industry, it would behoove Audible to hire a a 'prooflistener', similar to a proofreader. It was frustrating hearing the reader mangle the pronunciation of names, whether it was calling Idris Elba 'Eye-dris' or Yair Landau 'Yeir' instead of Yah-ear' or the Cannes Festival 'Cans' instead of 'Kon'. But the most annoying error was the constant naming of Warner Bros. 'Warner Bros.' instead of 'Warner Brothers'. These errors continually took me out of the book and compromised my ability to fully enjoy a well written report.

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  • KIRAN J PHILIP
  • 2018-08-06

A modern history book of movies

Amazing book. Very well researched and written Unique perspective of modern day TV and movies Highly recommend to anyone with an interest in the movie business

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  • Carl
  • 2018-07-07

Best book I have heard in a while.

I loved it. The only issue I had was that every mention of "Warner Bros" was pronounced just like that... Warner Bros rather than Warner Brothers. Made it sound like hipsters rather than a legendary movie studio. Otherwise a stellar book and an amazing performance.

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  • Lindsey
  • 2020-11-03

One of the best industry books, poor reader

It really shouldn’t be this hard to find a narrator who can properly pronounce names.

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  • jwj
  • 2020-10-19

Pretty interesting about business side of movies

It was good and I'm glad I listened. Made some valid points about franchises dominating and Disney taking such control of the industry. It was clearly published before Han Solo and Dumbo crashed, as the writer spoke of Disney's approach being almost infallible. Not necessarily. I also appreciated learning more about Sandler, Smith, and Sony. Great tidbits here and there. Definitely a must listen for movie buffs. But I have to say, I did find the narrators saying "Warner Bros" instead of "Warner Brothers" annoying. Nor sure why, but it was irksome.

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  • C.J.Lee
  • 2020-07-15

What an achievement! The Best book about Hollywood

What an amazing achievement! I'm a screenwriter and have read quite a few books about Hollywood and film making. But this one is absolutely the best I have ever come across. If you are interested in the history of film making or Hollywood but you can only read one book, this is definitely the one!

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  • Tiger
  • 2020-03-11

Excellent and informative

This book is an entertaining primer on the motion picture industry. I may very well give it a second listen—it’s that good.