The best books about Hollywood insiders

The Books I Picked & Why

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

By Reed Hastings, Erin Meyer

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

Why this book?

No one can question the incredible growth and success that Netflix has had over the last several years. As such, I was intrigued by what made the company so good at creating content and disrupting the distribution chains that had been a backbone of Hollywood for generations with the introduction and mainstreaming of streaming. Written by Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, I was fascinated to see how this small DVD distribution company blossomed into the behemoth power player that it has become. Beyond its relevance in Hollywood, this book really gave me great insight into how any successful corporation should operate. Their unique procedures for conducting business and think outside the box policies for running a large corporation are concepts that every CEO and business owner should absorb.


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Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency

By James Andrew Miller

Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency

Why this book?

Since I work in talent representation, I’m always curious how my colleagues and competitors conduct business. CAA is, and has been, the top agency in Hollywood since I first started in this industry. I was anxious to read about the history of the company and how it has managed to not only survive, but thrive, throughout the decades. Filled with tantalizing stories of insider secrets, this is an eye opening account of one of Hollywood’s most powerful companies and the uber successful men and women who have worked there.


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Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

By Rob Lowe

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

Why this book?

When I think of Rob Lowe, I think of longevity and reinvention. As a kid, Lowe was one of the top box office movie stars. Today, he’s one of the most sought-after actors on television. What’s kept him relevant all these years is his good-natured approach to life, impressive work ethic, and humbleness that’s refreshing. Extra points to Lowe on the audio version of this book. It’s entertaining to hear the actor read anecdotes about his own journey. While there are lots of great Hollywood lessons to be learned, what really makes this read enjoyable is Lowe’s warm and friendly tone that makes you feel like he’s a dear friend.

 


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The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

By Robert Iger

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Why this book?

Stepping in to helm an already successful company seems like a walk in the park (pun intended)…but being able to read about how Iger turned an already successful business into an even more successful corporation through growth strategies, mergers, and acquisitions of other highly successful studios (Twentieth Century Fox) and IP (Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars) was just exhilarating. To read about his thought process in his own words was both educational and inspiring. 


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Inside Out: A Memoir

By Demi Moore

Inside Out: A Memoir

Why this book?

This is a more traditional biography by another member of the Brat Pack who has also successfully managed to stay in the public eye for decades. This one is eye-opening as I learned so much about Demi’s backstory that I hadn’t known previously: her struggles with addiction, being a victim of abuse…this book is stark and emotional but also inspiring. Despite everything holding her back, Moore was able to overcome so much pain to bring happiness to so many on the big screen. Reading this book, you really want to root for her continued success and I think this bio sets the stage for a promising third act. I’m excited for what’s to come in her career.


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