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30 review for The Hollywood MBA: A Crash Course in Management from a Life in the Film Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    This book provides an interesting, different take on management by giving a humorous, insightful and novel crash course, based on the author’s life in the film business over three decades. It can be more than just another how-to business book. It feels to be a mixture between novel, autobiography and textbook. It just works! It can be very giving if you let it. It will let you experience many experiences you may rather not experience in-the-flesh, whilst delivering a lot of great knowledge that c This book provides an interesting, different take on management by giving a humorous, insightful and novel crash course, based on the author’s life in the film business over three decades. It can be more than just another how-to business book. It feels to be a mixture between novel, autobiography and textbook. It just works! It can be very giving if you let it. It will let you experience many experiences you may rather not experience in-the-flesh, whilst delivering a lot of great knowledge that can be stored ‘just in case’ the future comes to throw a curveball or two at you. At the heart of the book are ten strategies that the author says have helped, whether managing a big Hollywood production or dealing with a complex business problem. This book is not written solely for the film and media industry’s benefit. To be fair, you may not consider it a ‘breakthrough’ book on one hand. It is hardly going to the business bible that may lead to a seismic change of thinking, yet it does not set out to be that. It encapsulates the author’s experiences and details how problems were resolved. It is a practical, personal guide to show how real-world, actual problems were dealt with, enhanced by some great writing, funny stories, serious anecdotes and a little bit of Hollywood magic for best effect. This could be an ideal ‘commuting companion’ or bedtime reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    librarian4Him02

    I was intrigued to see how management of a film set could apply to my leadership of staff at my library. Reilly details his experience and gives advice on both management and leadership. It was hard to get into his writing style, but once I did, it was good reading. I learned a few new techniques and confirmed I was doing some things right. In addition to the management and leadership tips, Reilly included a great deal of detail about how movies are made. I now see movies in a whole new light. H I was intrigued to see how management of a film set could apply to my leadership of staff at my library. Reilly details his experience and gives advice on both management and leadership. It was hard to get into his writing style, but once I did, it was good reading. I learned a few new techniques and confirmed I was doing some things right. In addition to the management and leadership tips, Reilly included a great deal of detail about how movies are made. I now see movies in a whole new light. Highly recommend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tatum Hamernik

    The conclusions at the end of each chapter were a little preachy and unnecessary, but overall this was a very interesting and insightful look in the world of film and management.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alief Makani

    Simply put, this is a fun and simple read. For anyone who is - like I was - looking for a book that would very benevolently and thoughtfully introduce you to the management/business side of the filmmaking industry, this book is the right pick. This book does not overwhelm you with complex business management lingo. Rather, this book presents you some very great tactics on how to manage a team on movie sets. Although, they might seem obvious to one at times, the way the author puts it followed by Simply put, this is a fun and simple read. For anyone who is - like I was - looking for a book that would very benevolently and thoughtfully introduce you to the management/business side of the filmmaking industry, this book is the right pick. This book does not overwhelm you with complex business management lingo. Rather, this book presents you some very great tactics on how to manage a team on movie sets. Although, they might seem obvious to one at times, the way the author puts it followed by a detailed case study on how he applied it in real life, really makes it worth the read. Best part is, even though this targets the film industry, the content and tactics presented in this book can be applied to any industry. The conclusions (bullet points) at the end of every chapter on what you have just studied is really helpful. I first sat down with a pencil to take notes, but very quickly realized, I didn't need one. Overall, the case studies, the format of the writing, the ease of language all together make this book a pleasant introductory book for management in the film industry. Go for it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rizvi

    This is very good book, many things comes and the talk decision to make the star go out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    AidaN.Z

    Full of wisdom and insightful as can be.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charles Franklin

    This was actually a good book. It actually turned out to be a really insightful book that emphasized the core principles of management and leadership from a place that I did not expect (the filmmaking industry)

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    Justin Zoladz

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