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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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Making a film in this industry is tough, and no matter how much of a bleeding heart creative you are -- I, myself, included -- it's necessary to know the ins and outs of what the movie business is. And guess what, it's first and foremost, a business. Does that mean that we all give up our creative ambitions and bow down to the money-hungry execs. No. It means, you play it smart. Because ultimately, creative will always win -- in fact, it's winning right now. This book goes to great lengths to really detail how the last ten years in this industry has played out -- what technology and branded franchises have simultaneously altered -- and as it gives you that history, it becomes very clear that creative is still kicking ass... just in a different way.

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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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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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The Best Book on Film I've Evee Read

Simply loved this book. The future of film as laid out by Ben Fritz was a page turner from start to finish. Using the Sony emails as a basis for a book on the film industry was a brilliant idea. Many insights because of this. In a very entertaining book. Would recommend to any film fan.