A New York Times bestseller
An astonishing—and astonishingly entertaining—history of Hollywood’s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all, from the #1 bestselling co-author of Live from New York and Those Guys Have All the Fun.
The movies you watch, the TV shows you adore, the concerts and sporting events you attend—behind the curtain of nearly all of these is an immensely powerful and secretive corporation known as Creative Artists Agency. Started in 1975, when five bright and brash employees of a creaky William Morris office left to open their own, strikingly innovative talent agency, CAA would come to revolutionize the entertainment industry, and over the next several decades its tentacles would spread aggressively throughout the worlds of movies, television, music, advertising, and investment banking.
Powerhouse is the fascinating, no-holds-barred saga of that ascent. Drawing on unprecedented and exclusive access to the men and women who built and battled with CAA, as well as financial information never before made public, author James Andrew Miller spins a tale of boundless ambition, ruthless egomania, ceaseless empire building, greed, and personal betrayal. It is also a story of prophetic brilliance, magnificent artistry, singular genius, entrepreneurial courage, strategic daring, foxhole brotherhood, and how one firm utterly transformed the entertainment business.
Here are the real Star Wars—complete with a Death Star—told through the voices of those who were there. Packed with scores of stars from movies, television, music, and sports, as well as a tremendously compelling cast of agents, studio executives, network chiefs, league commissioners, private equity partners, tech CEOs, and media tycoons, Powerhouse is itself a Hollywood blockbuster of the most spectacular sort.
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James Andrew Miller is one of the co-authors of Live From New York and Those Guys Have All the Fun (bestsellers about Saturday Night Live and ESPN). With Powerhouse, he proves again that an oral history is a supremely entertaining way to capture showbiz’s oversized egos and soap-opera-ish drama. This time around, Miller interviewed hundreds of employees, executives, and celebrities to paint a revealing portrait of Creative Artists Agency. We loved dipping into Powerhouse, learning about the history of agents in Hollywood and getting glimpses into the relationships between stars like Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, and Nicole Kidman and their super-agents.
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At times, laborious
Great insight into the minds and cultures of agents. I think that Miller could have been much less redundant including interviews concerning CAA theory and practice. After the 30th interview elaborating their Three Musketeers practices, I had the idea. But it went on and on.
One of my favorites
What an incredible story about one of the most impactful startups of all time. It's a real page-turner, I couldn't wait to keep reading.