Top positive review
A business book, Hollywood story, and memoir rolled into one
October 2, 2018
An interesting and fast read about one of the most successful people in recent Hollywood.
Ovitz combines business lessons, an inside look at Hollywood and a personal memoir all in one book. Anyone interested generally in business case studies will enjoy the book at the author built one of the most successful startups in Hollywood in the modern era. If you are interested in the film business specifically, the book is probably a must read.
You also get some insight on how he handled negotiations, employees, and clients. There are Hollywood anecdotes about stars and famous directors including a priceless paragraph about how he got his martial arts instructor, Steven Seagal, a movie deal.
The "memoir" part is also interesting. Ovitz doesn't get too specific but you get a feel for the background he came from and what drove him. He admits to some mistakes he made and discusses how he manipulated people and was stabbed in the back as well. As usual with memoirs, there is some self-promotion and score settling.
I'm surprised there aren't more reviews of Who is Michael Ovitz. Maybe Ovitz's Hollywood enemies have helped bury the book, which is one of the better reads of the year.