The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood
Originally published in 1986, Reel Power is a comprehensive look at how Hollywood works—who has the power and how deals are made
Drawings and interviews with more than 200 top film industry insiders—directors, producers, writers, performers, agents, and journalists—Litwak leads us through the maze of Hollywood politics. Well-written, and filled with case histories of specific films, Reel Power tears down myths, relates anecdotes, and reveals the inner workings of the Hollywood film business.
“A painfully accurate look at the movie business today. A real eye-opener.”
—James Bridges, Director, Urban Cowboy, The China Syndrome
“Fascinating in its pertinence and exacting in its description of the day-to-day processes involved in setting up a movie… It is a primer for anyone interested in the movie business. If you want to earn your living in Hollywood, read it and save five years apprenticeship.”
“…A chilling study of that frightening creature that is the New Hollywood.”
“Accurate… An exhaustive breakdown of the industry today.”
“…Unprecedented detail on the fragmentation of the executive power in Hollywood…Litwak is on solid ground.”
An acknowledged authority on the entertainment industry, he has been interviewed on more than 100 television and radio shows, including The Larry King Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and news shows on the ABC and CNN networks. Feature articles have been written about him in California Law Business, Australian Lawyer, and the L.A. Weekly.
Litwak is an adjunct professor of entertainment law at USC's Gould School of Law. He has also has taught entertainment and copyright law at the University of West Los Angeles, UCLA, and Loyola Law School and has lectured for the American, California, and Texas bar associations. He has presented seminars across the United States and in England, Australia, South Africa, and Canada.
He is the author of six books—Risky Business; Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood; Courtroom Crusaders; Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry (winner of the 1995 Krazna-Kranz Moving Image Book Award); Contracts for the Film and Television Industry; and Litwak’s Multimedia Producer’s Handbook—and the popular CD-ROM program Automated Contracts