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Tales from Hollywood - Peter Bart at LSE

Can Popular Culture Survive the Imprint of Corporate Culture?

Tuesday 13 May, 6pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

LSE alumnus Peter Bart, editor in chief of Variety, will be speaking on Hollywood and culture this month (Tuesday 13 May) at LSE in a lecture entitled Can Popular Culture Survive the Imprint of Corporate Culture?  

This event will mark the launch of his new book Shoot Out: surviving fame and (mis)fortune in Hollywood. The book is co-authored with Peter Guber, former president of Sony Entertainment and founder and chairman of Mandalay Entertainment. It outlines their guidelines for developing a new film idea and guiding it to fruition, sharing insights and anecdotes from more than three decades in Hollywood.

Peter Bart graduated from LSE in 1955 with a master's degree in economics. He began his career in journalism, working for 11 years for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He then spent 17 years in the motion picture business, serving as vice president-production at Paramount, senior vice president at MGM and president of Lorimar Film Co. before becoming editor of Weekly Variety in 1989 and then editor in chief of Variety Inc. This is his sixth book. He has also taught at UCLA for six years.

LSE director Anthony Giddens will chair the event, with a Q and A session and a book signing to follow.

The event starts at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, London WC2. It is free and open to all, no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


To reserve a press seat, please contact Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email: j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


Shoot Out is published by Faber &Faber at £12.99. For further information, please contact Gillian Mackay on 020 7465 7513 or email gillian.mackay@faber.co.uk| 

Peter Bart will also be talking about Shoot Out at the National Film Theatre (NFT2) on Wednesday 14 May at 6.20pm. Tickets £6.50 (£4.70).

US review:

'Now, this critic has read many movie books in his time - specifically, those this-is-how-it-really-works-kid self-help tell-alls aimed at novice screenwriters and directors - but nothing even comes close to Shoot Out: surviving fame and (mis)fortune in Hollywood in laying out both how the business really, really works and why it is a machine broken beyond repair.'
Entertainment Weekly

11 April 2003