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The Big Picture

The Fight for the Future of Movies
By: Ben Fritz
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Sony, Disney & The Bro's

If you can get past the narrator repeatedly pronouncing Warner Bros. as "Warner Bro's" instead of "Warner Brothers" then a decent, focused case study of the present day movie business begins to emerge. The majority of the book focuses on the unraveling of Sony Pictures as its execs begrudgingly give up star driven movies for the enormously profitable "cinematic universe" model pioneered by Disney's acquisition of Marvel Studios. With further examples from the Lego movie franchise and Amazon's foray into the indie film world, and China's role in the new Hollywood. Fritz highlights the key risks and rewards that a modern day film studio has to take on in order to balance creativity, profitability, and cultural relevance.

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Great story for anyone interested in Hollywood.

I loved the themes of dmtrying to discover the future of Hollywood. Its a great story

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Very entertaining book

I was very impressed by this book and highly recommending it to movie buffs. Great entertainment.

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Stats galore paired with trend insights

Have a pen and paper handy as much of the financial info is very interesting. I wouldn't call the book inspiring but it is certainly informative to the studios inner workings and what the future may hold.

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Excellent Analysis

An excellent analysis of where the movie market has been and where it has been going. Major theme is how and why the franchise film has taken over the Hollywood.

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Narrator doesn’t know the film business

Warner Bros. isn’t pronounced “bros”!!! Very obnoxious! Otherwise an interesting and up to date book.

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  • 02-08-19

Interesting topic marred by annoying narration

The narrator has seemingly never had to read words in a foreign language or heard anyone pronounce Warner Brothers. The mispronunciation of Warner Brothers really started to gate the further I got into the book

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  • S Marshall
  • 11-29-18

I Don’t Like Change

Nutshell: Ben Fritz has a very specific notion of what Films are and now that reality is drifting away from that, he is scared.

It is clear Fritz has been seduced by the Hollywood Producers he studied for writing this book (Amy Pascal in particular). He conveys most things Hollywood from their point of view, which is as interesting as it is irritating.

It is clear Fritz has very little respect for Writers, TV, Comic Book Movies, and a variety of other popular genres and feels like there is a massive crisis because things he doesn’t like are popular.

He talks at length in the final summation of the great power of Cinematic visuals in a conventional Cinema, but is blissfully unaware most Cinemas no longer have a projectionist and the only fundamental difference between watching a movie at home or in a Cinema is the Price and the size of the screen. He thinks it’s important to sit a room full of people you don’t talk to and will never talk to, because of Cinema’s conventions. He ignores the fact that social watching occurs on Social Media, but then he doesn’t like social media very much either.

In short, there are some very interesting ideas here, but it’s also drowned out by the Writer’s constant fear of change.

The reader reads the entire Novel like it’s a children’s book. So if you enjoy being patronised for hours on end, this will be right up your street.

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  • Anthony Eales
  • 07-10-18

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.