The meteoric rise of "Killer Diller" Barry Diller has been a major player in the entertainment industry for more than thirty years. Always on the cutting edge, he revolutionized television with such groundbreaking concepts as the movie-of-the-week and the miniseries. He greenlighted the megahits Raiders of the Lost Ark, 48 Hours, and Terms of Endearment. Now, industry insider George Mair takes you behind the scenes for a perceptive, penetrating, and completely captivating look at both the public persona and the private life of a legendary media mogul. Learn the truth about: * The critical acclaimand the controversybehind The Simpsons and Married . . . With Children * The abortive CBS-QVC merger: what went wrong and why * Hardball and heartbreak on The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers * Wheeling and dealing with Hollywood heavyhitters Rupert Murdoch, Sumner Redstone, Marvin Davis, Michael Eisner, and many, many more! "He taught movie executives to put some passion into their jobs. The business is a better place because of Barry."the late Dawn Steel studio head and onetime Barry Diller protege at Paramount "He really is the brightest of the bunch." Julia Phillips Academy Award(r)-winning producer bestselling author of You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again
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About the Author
GEORGE MAIR, formerly Editorial Director for CBS, is the author of 12 books, including Oprah Winfrey: The Real Story and Best Bette: The Life of Bette Midler. Mr. Mair lives in Dana Point, California.
Table of Contents
An Issue of Privacy. The Mailroom and Beyond. Reinventing the Wheel. At the Movies. The "Killer Dillers." Aboard the Twentieth-Century Express. Setting the House in Order. Creating the Fourth Network. Truth or Consequences. The Plots Thicken. "Don't Have a Cow, Man." In Development Hell. Saying Goodbye. The Odyssey. "What's the Idea?" Of Paramount Importance. Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Bid for Black Rock. Silver King. Notes. Index.