Many in Hollywood have been anxiously awaiting the publication of “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency” and now they can also look forward to an on-stage reunion of two super-agents at the center of CAA’s rise.
Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer will appear with author James Andrew Miller at a Sept. 7 discussion of CAA and “the making of modern Hollywood,” an event that will benefit the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
Portions of the book previously excerpted in Vanity Fair described the agency’s tumultuous transition in the mid-’90s, when CAA co-founder Meyer left to run Universal Studios and co-founder Ovitz departed for the Walt Disney Co. The book describes how Ovitz negotiated to bring Meyer and other CAA alums with him to run Universal, after the studio was acquired by Seagram Co., to the withdrawal of that offer and Meyer’s subsequent decision to go solo as Universal’s president.
Publisher HarperCollins bills the book as “a tale of boundless ambition, ruthless egomania, ceaseless empire building, greed, and personal betrayals,” adding: “Here are the real Star Wars — complete with a ‘Death Star’ [CAA’s Century City headquarters] — all told through the voices of those who actually fought in the
The book is billed as an oral history about the 41-year-old agency, launched in 1975 by five renegade employees of the old William Morris agency. By tale’s end, CAA becomes an industry leader, reaching beyond movies and television to music, advertising, investment banking, and sports.
Journalist Miller’s previous books became New York Times bestsellers: “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN” and “Live from New York:
The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests.”
The panel discussion with Ovitz and Meyer will be held at the Writer’s Guild Theater at 8 pm. Tickets will be available at livetalksla.org at 10a.m. PST on Thursday, June 2.