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Burn it down : power, complicity, and a call for change in Hollywood / Maureen Ryan.

"Abuse and exploitation of workers is baked into the very foundations of the entertainment industry. To break the cycle and make change that sticks, it's important to stop looking at headline-making stories as individual events. Instead, one must look closely at the bigger picture, to see how abusers are created, fed, rewarded, allowed to persist, and, with the right tools, how they can be excised. In Burn It Down, veteran reporter Maureen Ryan does just that. She draws on decades of experience to connect the dots and illuminate the deeper forces sustaining Hollywood's corrosive culture. Fresh reporting sheds light on problematic situations at companies like Lucasfilm and shows like Lost, Saturday Night Live, The Goldbergs, Sleepy Hollow, Curb Your Enthusiasm and more. Interviews with actors and famous creatives like Evan Rachel Wood, Harold Perrineau, Damon Lindelof, and Orlando Jones abound. Ryan dismantles, one by one, the myths that the entertainment industry promotes about itself, which have allowed abusers to thrive and the industry to avoid accountability--myths about Hollywood as a meritocracy, what it takes to be creative, the value of human dignity, and more." --
"An exposé of patterns of harassment and bias in Hollywood, the grassroots reforms under way, and the labor and activist revolutions that recent scandals have ignited"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780063269279
  • ISBN: 0063269279
  • Physical Description: ix, 388 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Mariner Books, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-380) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The myth of sufficient progress -- Scott Rudin and the myth of necessary monsters -- The myth of value -- Some myths of freedom and nonconformity -- Lost and the myths of a Golden Age -- The myth of the meritocracy -- Horror story: Sleepy Hollow and the myth of a Post-racial industry -- The myth of an egalitarian future: The IP strikes back -- Launch them into the sun: the toxic myths around creativity -- Live from New York: the persistent myth of comedic liberation -- Part two. The path forward: What does centering survivors, cleaning up the industry, and "doing the work" actually look like? -- A new day for the death star: What industry companies must do to foster real change -- The sun king is dead: a new model of creative leadership -- Mad as hell and not going to take it anymore: What industry workers need to survive--and thrive -- To be continued: A season finale, not a series finale.
Subject: Motion picture industry > Corrupt practices > California > Los Angeles.
Television broadcasting > Corrupt practices > California > Los Angeles.
Sexual harassment of women > California > Los Angeles.

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Bethlehem Main Library 791.43 (Text) 33062009765695 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 10/05/2023

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