Peter Bart

Mastering Megaspeak

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The Hollywood creative community is transfixed by the new wave of megamergers. At the typical social gathering, conversation may occasionally veer to O.J. Simpson, but then the Topic of the Day takes…

The Fuhrman flap

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MEMO TO: Laura Hart McKinny FROM: Peter Bart SUBJECT: Career Prospects Since you’ve been much in the news this week, Laura, I decided to read your screenplay – the one that transformed Mark Fuhrman…

Waiting for the revolution

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We seem to have hit a brief lull in the storm of megamergers, so this may be an appropriate moment to assess what has happened. Not surprisingly, there’s been considerable pontification about the…

The man who hated success

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David Begelman’s suicide last week resonated through the showbiz community – a fact that puzzled some of the younger players in Tinseltown. At least 15 years had passed since Begelman’s heyday; why…

Getting with the program

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MEMO TO: Michael Jordan FROM: Peter Bart Welcome to showbiz, Michael. I figure you could use a welcome mat after the events of last week. Michael Eisner acquires CapCities and he’s proclaimed a…

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