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By Bernard F. Dick

From Double Indemnity to The Godfather, the tales in the back of a few of the maximum movies ever made light beside the tale of the studio that made them. within the golden age of Hollywood, Paramount used to be one of many mammoth 5 studios. Gulf + Western's 1966 takeover of the studio signaled the top of 1 period and heralded the arriving of a brand new means of doing enterprise in Hollywood. Bernard Dick reconstructs the conflict that culminated reduce the studio to a trifling company commodity. He then strains Paramount's devolution from free-standing studio to subsidiary―first of Gulf + Western, then Paramount Communications, and presently Viacom-CBS.

Dick portrays the hot Paramount as a paradigm of trendy Hollywood, the place the only artwork is the paintings of the deal. Former promotion executives locate themselves in command of construction, at the assumption that any one who can promote a film could make one. CEOs go out in shame from one studio simply to emerge in triumph at one other. company raiders vie for energy and keep watch over throughout the trading of movie libraries, studio estate, tv stations, booklet publishers, and extra. The historical past of Paramount is stuffed with larger-than-life humans, together with Billy Wilder, Adolph Zukor, Sumner Redstone, Sherry Lansing, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and more.

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