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Representing Talent: Hollywood Agents and the Making of Movies

Violaine Roussel


This book takes the reader behind the scenes in Hollywood into the unknown world of talent agencies. Based on unprecedented fieldwork (122 interviews, as well as in situ observations at agencies), it explores the day-to-day activity of talent agents and unveils how they contribute to shaping artistic careers and projects. The agencies are central spaces for professional socialization in Hollywood. It’s in this organizational setting that agents learn how to build and maintain strong ties with key counterparts, first and foremost artists and production professionals. The book examines what "hav ... More

Keywords: Hollywood, talent agents, talent agencies, cultural brokerage, artistic careers, cultural markets, film production, cultural sociology, sociology of work, social networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226486802
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226487137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Violaine Roussel, author
University of Paris VIII/University of Southern California