Representing Talent

Hollywood Agents and the Making of Movies
University of Chicago Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 29. August 2017
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  • 256 Seiten
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978-0-226-48713-7 (ISBN)
Audiences love the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but beyond the red carpet and behind the velvet curtain exists a legion of individuals who make showbiz work: agents. Whether literary, talent, or indie film, agents are behind the scenes brokering power, handling mediation, and doing the deal-making that keeps Hollywood spinning. In Representing Talent, Violaine Roussel explores the little-known but decisive work of agents, turning the spotlight on how they help produce popular culture.The book takes readers behind the scenes to observe the day-to-day activities of agents, revealing their influence on artistic careers and the prospects of Hollywood's forthcoming projects. Agents are crucial to understanding how creative and economic power are intertwined in Hollywood today. They play a key role in the process by which?artistic worth and economic value are evaluated and?attributed to people and projects. Roussel's fieldwork examines?what &quote,having relationships&quote, really means?for agents, and how they perform the relationship work that's?at the heart?of their?professional?existence and success. Representing Talent helps us to understand the players behind the definition of entertainment itself, as well as behind its current transformations.
  • Englisch
  • Chicago, IL
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  • USA
978-0-226-48713-7 (9780226487137)
022648713X (022648713X)
weitere Ausgaben werden ermittelt
  • Intro
  • Contents
  • Prologue: An Agent at Work
  • Chapter One. Introduction
  • The Invention of Agenting
  • Filling a Lacuna in the Sociology of Hollywood
  • Facing Stereotypes
  • In the Field with Hollywood Agents
  • What This Book Unveils: Agents and (E)valuation Communities
  • Chapter Two. Mapping Hollywood
  • Agenting in Big versus Little Hollywood
  • "The Other Side": Interdependent Transformations of Studios and Agencies
  • The New Reality of Agenting in Big Hollywood
  • Chapter Three. The Making of Professionals in Talent Agencies
  • "Fulfilling Somebody Else's Dreams"
  • An Agent's Initiatory Path
  • Under the Wing of a Mentor
  • Forming "Generations" in Hollywood
  • Chapter Four. Agenting as Relationship Work
  • The Meaning of Relationships
  • The Definition of an Agent's Style
  • "Trust" between Agents and Production Professionals
  • Chapter Five. Agents and Artists: Enchanted Bonds and Power Relations
  • Agents' Emotional Competence
  • Controlling Talent?
  • Embedded Identities and Hierarchies
  • Chapter Six. Naming Quality and Pricing Talent
  • Agents in Hollywood's Evaluation Communities
  • "What It Takes to Get a Movie Made"
  • Pricing the Unique
  • Chapter Seven. Agents of Change: The Formation of New Evaluation Communities
  • Conclusive Word
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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