As someone who has been on the receiving end of this agent's charm, bragging prowess on behalf of his clients and wrath--
Masters makes the inevitable comparison between uber-agent on the rise Ari Emanuel and the last Hollywood Samurai, Mike Ovitz (whose Bible was The Art of War).
Masters reports that at Fox:
Emanuel held up renewal of a major deal with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, while demanding that his agency receive a mutimillion-dollar fee for “packaging” the show.
And a few years back, the model for Ari Gold in Entourage and then-partner Marty Adelstein:
...calculated how many average minutes they were on network television thanks to their floor seats at Laker games.
Actors ratify Hollywood movie & TV contract, give up fight for better Web compensation for now
Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer
On Tuesday June 9, 2009, 10:29 pm EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Members of the Screen Actors Guild voted overwhelmingly to ratify a two-year contract covering movies and prime-time TV shows made by the major Hollywood studios, the union announced Tuesday.
Some 78 percent of those who voted were in favor of the deal, a show of unity following a bitter dispute that saw Guild members fighting among themselves and left them further behind than where they started.
The new contract immediately raises actors' minimum pay by 3 percent and grants another 3.5 percent raise in the second year of the deal, which along with better pension benefits and some Internet compensation gives them $105 million in overall gains, the union said.
But it does not improve upon the Internet terms that other unions have already accepted.
SAG fought alone for better terms than were secured by writers, directors and another actors union called AFTRA, but the battle ended up hurting it as TV studios like ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS sent most of their new work AFTRA's way.
The deal comes nearly a year after the last contract expired, meaning SAG actors lost out on proposed raises over the past year that the studios estimated totaled nearly $80 million.
"We were behind the eight ball to some extent with the amount of time we had been working without a contract at all," said Adam Arkin, an actor who was elected to the Guild's board last fall.
The new contract takes effect after midnight and expires on June 30, 2011, about the same time as those of other unions, allowing SAG to maintain the future threat of a joint strike.
The past year's infighting came to a head in January when recently elected moderates staged a boardroom coup, ousting the Guild's national executive director, Doug Allen, and muzzling President Alan Rosenberg.
That set a new tone as Interim Executive Director David White worked to salvage a deal in back-door talks with executives such as Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger and Warner Bros.
White said in a statement that work on the next round of negotiations "begins now," adding that he would also begin to repair damaged relations with other unions.
SAG and AFTRA split acrimoniously last year and decided to negotiate deals with the studios separately for the first time in three decades.
Rosenberg acknowledged Tuesday that actors did not agree with his executive team's hard stance.
"Our point of view was rejected for now. I don't think it was because they said necessarily we're wrong," he said.
Every major segment of SAG voted for the deal, with 71 percent of voting Hollywood actors, 86 percent in New York and 89 percent in other U.S. regions voting in favor.
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Artists, the coalition of major studios, on Tuesday called the ratification "good news for the entertainment industry."