Hollywood and Lew Wasserman's Legacy

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America demands to be entertained, and the death of Lew Wasserman puts a spotlight on how and why entertainment happens. Wasserman was not as well known as Hollywood titans like Sam Goldwyn, Louis B. Mayer or Jack Warner. He is known to have said, -publicity is for clients.- But it is Wasserman who created the TV series and summer blockbuster movies that made Hollywood studios rich and powerful. And by creating free agency for Hollywood stars, he helped undermine the studios by making actors rich and powerful, too. We'll talk to Wasserman's biographer, the Chairman of Fox, a producer/writer, and a contributing editor of Esquire about the achievements of Hollywood-s Last Mogul, the unintended consequences, and what it all means for the movies and TV we watch.
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton