Movies are a collaboration and so is this book.

Above all, my deepest appreciation goes to the contributors. It’s their book. These extraordinary professionals took considerable time to make their chapters as empowering as possible for the reader. It was joyful to work with them as curator, co-writer and editor.

This Fourth Edition, MBB4, is almost entirely new. Every chapter was created exclusively for this book. That’s the technical side. On the personal side, these collaborations have fostered friendships and admiration.

A little history: The concept traces back to the pioneering text The Movie Business: American Film Industry Practice. It was a privilege to work with my mentor, Professor A. William Bluem. But early attempts ...

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