This is a book about the US motion picture industry - its structure and policies, its operations and practices. It looks at the processes that are involved in turning raw materials and labor into feature films. It describes the process of film production, distribution, exhibition and retail - a process that involves different markets where materials, labor and products are bought and sold. In other words, this is a book about how Hollywood works - as an industry. How Hollywood Works: - offers an up-to-date survey of the policies and structure of the US film industry - looks at the relationship between the film industry and other media industries - examines the role of the major studios and the other 'players' - including, law firms, talent agents, and trade unions and guilds - provides access to hard-to-find statistical information on the industry While many books describe the film production and marketing process, they usually do so from an industry perspective and few look at Hollywood critically from within a more general economic, political and social context. By offering just such a critique, Janet Wasko's text provides a timely and essential analysis of how Hollywood works for all students of film and media.



Distribution Companies: The Majors

Film production often attracts the greatest attention to Hollywood, as the popular press, encouraged by the Hollywood promotional machine itself, focuses on new stars, hot directors, and exciting scripts. But the glamour of movie production is closely wound up with the business of film distribution. Production teams often work directly for major production/distribution companies and independent production companies often need to deal with them if their film is ultimately to appear in theaters and video stores around the country and the world. The major distributors dominate the film business. So, to understand how Hollywood works, one must ultimately confront distribution and thus ultimately encounter the Hollywood majors. This chapter will present profiles of the major distributors and their parent conglomerates, as ...

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