Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226486949 Will Publish September 2017
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226486802 Will Publish September 2017
An e-book edition will be published.

Representing Talent

Hollywood Agents and the Making of Movies

Violaine Roussel

Representing Talent

Violaine Roussel

256 pages | 4 line drawings, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226486949 Will Publish September 2017
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226486802 Will Publish September 2017
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226487137 Will Publish September 2017
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-Read More
Contents
Prologue: An Agent at Work
Chapter One Introduction
The Invention of Agenting
Filling a Lacuna in the Sociology of Hollywood
Facing Stereotypes
In the Field with Hollywood Agents
What This Book Unveils: Agents and (E)valuation Communities
Chapter Two Mapping Hollywood
Agenting in Big versus Little Hollywood
“The Other Side:” Interdependent Transformations of Studios and Agencies
The New Reality of Agenting in Big Hollywood
Chapter Three The Making of Professionals in Talent Agencies
“Fulfilling Somebody Else’s Dreams”
An Agent’s Initiatory Path
Under the Wing of a Mentor
Forming “Generations” in Hollywood
Chapter Four Agenting as Relationship Work
The Meaning of Relationships
The Definition of an Agent’s Style
“Trust” between Agents and Production Professionals
Chapter Five Agents and Artists: Enchanted Bonds and Power Relations
Agents’ Emotional Competence
Controlling Talent?
Embedded Identities and Hierarchies
Chapter Six Naming Quality and Pricing Talent
Agents in Hollywood’s Evaluation Communities
“What It Takes to Get a Movie Made”
Pricing the Unique
Chapter Seven Agents of Change: The Formation of New Evaluation Communities
Conclusive Word
Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Index
Review Quotes
John Thornton Caldwell | author of Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television
“Roussel provides a much-needed sociological intervention into the growing field of production studies. She uncovers a different Hollywood than the ones charted by predecessors Rosten and Gitlin. A model of situated ethnography, this book details the in-between cultural work—of relationships, mentorships, and evaluation communities—that industry uses to counteract the creative precarity foregrounded by other scholars.”
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