For every gossip article we’ve read, every red carpet event we’ve watched and for very movie star or rock star we’ve fallen in love with there is someone making sure their client is the one in the spotlight. The power they yield is substantial, and the drive for even more is what led five guys from the William Morris Agency to head out the door in 1975 and leave to open the Creative Artists Agency, or CAA. “Powerhouse – The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency” is the latest book from author James Andrew Miller who has also written best sellers “Live From New York” about Saturday Night Live, and “Those Guys Have All The Fun” on ESPN and it’s a tremendous read.
Go beyond the usual dish and dirt you might find on any gossip web site and see what it takes to make producers, directors, and the stars happy – which also translates in rich and successful. And what happens when they are not. What would “Sex and the City” have been like without Sarah Jessica Parker” She had to be talked into taking the role. Oh, and they there’s the “Seinfeld” missed opportunity that CAA passed on as a favor that ended up costing them somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 million dollars. Hear what James Andrew Miller had to tell me about all that and more, and why it’s going to be hard to put the book down once you start reading.