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Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success by James Persse

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The Hollywood System of Production Management

The Hollywood production system really is a formal system. It’s not a buzzword or a cliché or a pseudonym for big studio clout. It’s the established way of engaging in motion picture production.

The system consists of five separate and distinct phases, each one leading from and building on the previous. Whether you’re Paramount, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Miramax, Parallel Entertainment, or Legendary Pictures, you use the system. Ask Bill Fay or fellow studio executives Pat Crowley, Marty Ewing, Michael Beugg, Amy Kaufman, and Clayton Townsend to describe the system, and you’ll get the same answer each time.

Figure 1-1 depicts how the Hollywood system, with its five phases, is structured. ...

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