Hollywood Wars: How Insiders Gained and Maintain Control Over the Film Industry
By John W. Cones
In Hollywood Wars, Hollywood’s No. 1 "outsider" — entertainment and film attorney John W. Cones — takes us inside one of the most closed business communities in America and reveals publicly what every Hollywood insider knows privately: that a small group of insiders controls the Hollywood film industry and often engages in unethical and illegal business practices that hurt independent filmmakers and screenwriters as well as the movie-going public.
Cones’ historical research is thorough and thoroughly convincing. He shows how insiders lure outside investors into financing films and then discard them when the film loses money (as most do), and how insiders destroy most outsiders (including William Randolph Hearst, Howard Hughes, Orson Welles, Kirk Kerkorian) who want a stake in movie-making. After reading this book, you will never want to buy stock in or work for a major Hollywood film studio.
"This book," Cones writes in the Introduction, "is dedicated to the proposition that it is not in the best interest of this nation or the world for any single, or even a few narrowly defined interest groups ... to dominate or control any of our significant communication media."
"I confess I was a skeptic when I first saw the proposal for this book. But Cones’ evidence is overwhelming. Every filmmaker, actor and screenwriter should read this book, which also is ideal for college courses in film studies and critical and cultural studies." —Dr. David Demers, media scholar and publisher About the Author
John W. Cones is a securities and entertainment attorney in Los Angeles, where he advises clients who produce independent feature films, videos, television shows and plays. He has written eight other books on Hollywood, and he lectures frequently on film finance and distribution.
416 pages / Paperback / 5 x 8 format / Copyright 2006 / $39.95 / Includes CIP Data, References and Index / ISBN: 0-922993-32-7