The Movie Business Book, Third Edition

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Drawing from a variety of experts in an industry that has seen major technological advances since the second edition, The Movie Business Book, Third Edition, offers the most comprehensive, authoritative overview of this fascinating, global business. A must-read for industry newcomers, film students and movie buffs, this new edition features key movers and shakers, such as Tom Rothman, chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment; Michael Grillo, head of Feature Film Production at DreamWorks SKG; Sydney Pollack; Mel Brooks; and many others. A definitive sourcebook, it covers nuts-and-bolts details about financing, revenue streams, marketing, DVDs, globalization, the Internet and new technologies. All of this — and more — is detailed in this new edition of the classic Movie Business Book.

Product Details

  • Series: Movie Business Book
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 3rd ed. edition (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743219376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743219372
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

Comprehensive Overview of Movie Industry for Everyone

16 people found this helpful.
 on August 27, 2004
By Eric Nelson
My wife and I are movie fans…though not like those hard core guys who hang out at independent film festivals…and we love this book.


10 people found this helpful.
 on November 25, 2004
By Sundance Wilson
I have recently bought over ten movie business making books, all starting with this one. I would have to say that out of all of the books I have read thought, this would have to be the best out of them all. Not only do they have chapters written by different people, they are all people that are in the business. They break down hollywood lingo and include a basic pay structure. This book is the most informative of the film books I have read. This is the book you buy if you want a break down of movie careers, but not for how to personally make it yourself into the business.

Great book for the movie enthusiast

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 6, 2013
By rmb234
Great book. Easy read with lots of interesting information from seasoned professionals. Great for those interested in the field for hobby or business.

Good for someone who already knows a bit about the …

 on July 27, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Good for someone who already knows a bit about the business or A business. Almost seems like perfect validation for what you already know. Some entries run on for too long.

decades of movie biz lore

One person found this helpful.
 on September 23, 2013
By St.michelle
Very well curated. Even though it probably needs an update, mainly because it is so useful and there are things to add to the industry analysis, there are solid, articles here by top industry people. Experienced advice and analysis of the biz from the horse’s mouth is golden no matter what decade it’s coming from.

Why live without it?

One person found this helpful.
 on March 28, 2011
By Weetus Cren
If you have any interest in making movies (which I assume you would if you were reading reviews on a book called “The Movie Business Book”) this book is essential. Read it twice before you make your first film and save yourself a lot of headaches and heartaches. Sure it doesn’t answer everything, but it says way more than the price tag would suggest. Commit to reading it, or find another industry to work in. Also, if you are an actor (and you can read), it’s time well spent.

I enjoyed reading this book

 on October 23, 2014
By A. Vogel
I enjoyed reading this book. It features authors with industry experience, avoids jargon, and is an all-rounder. A sequel, if I can make a wish, should be trying to provide more representative facts on the matters discussed in addition to key individuals’ insights. It’s hard to tell how unique these experiences are.

This is an absolutely fantastic book.

One person found this helpful.
 on November 14, 2007
This is an absolutely fantastic book. It is a series of essays from very well known industry professionals and will help anyone to better understand the perspective of the other people you’re working with on the set.

Good guide for background and deep knowledge

One person found this helpful.
 on March 14, 2009
By Don McGowan
I work in home video content in the back office. This book gives a great overview of the industry and how it works. I own a copy and bought another for a new employee. Highly recommended.

I was looking for answers about behind the screen like how do studios decide when a movie opens

 on July 26, 2016
By Snug
I was looking for answers about behind the screen like how do studios decide when a movie opens…etc…AND FOUND ALOT OF ANSWERS….FAB BOOK!!!!!

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