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Representing Talent
Representing Talent

Representing Talent

Hollywood Agents and the Making of Movies
Violaine Roussel
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Representing Talent

Hollywood Agents and the Making of Movies
Violaine Roussel
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Audiences love the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but beyond the red carpet and behind the velvet curtain exists a legion of individuals who make showbiz work: agents. Whether literary, talent, or indie film, agents are behind the scenes brokering power, handling mediation, and doing the deal-making that keeps Hollywood spinning. In Representing Talent, Violaine Roussel explores the little-known but decisive work of agents, turning the spotlight on how they help produce popular culture.The book takes readers behind the scenes to observe the day-to-day activities of agents, revealing their influence on artistic careers and the prospects of Hollywood's forthcoming projects. Agents are crucial to understanding how creative and economic power are intertwined in Hollywood today. They play a key role in the process by whichartistic worth and economic value are evaluated andattributed to people and projects. Roussel's fieldwork examineswhat "having relationships" really meansfor agents, and how they perform the relationship work that'sat the heartof theirprofessionalexistence and success. Representing Talent helps us to understand the players behind the definition of entertainment itself, as well as behind its current transformations.

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Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Year
2017
ISBN
9780226487137
Topic
Social Sciences
Subtopic
Sociology

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