“Magisterial. ... A must read for anyone who wants to work in Hollywood or just know how Hollywood works.”
— The Hollywood Reporter
A New York Times bestseller, now updated with an afterword and exclusive new material
From the #1 bestselling author behind acclaimed oral histories of Saturday Night Live and ESPN comes "the most hotly anticipated book [in decades]" (Variety): James Andrew Miller's irresistible insider chronicle of the modern entertainment industry, told through the epic story of Creative Artists Agency (CAA)—the ultimate power player that has represented the world's biggest stars and shaped the landscape of film, television, comedy, music, and sports.
Started in 1975, when five bright and brash upstarts left creaky William Morris to form their own innovative talent agency, CAA would come to revolutionize Hollywood, representing everyone from Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, and Steven Spielberg to Jennifer Lawrence, J.J. Abrams, Will Smith, and Brad Pitt. Over the next decades its tentacles would spread aggressively into sports, advertising, and digital media. 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—including co-founders Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer and rivals like Ari Emanuel of William Morris Endeavor—as well as the stars themselves, Miller spins a unique and unforgettable tale of brilliance, ambition, betrayal, and outrageous success.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
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.
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.