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Michael Ovitz

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Beating the Incumbents with Michael Ovitz on Boss Talk #9

a16z Live

When Ben and Marc started a16z, CAA and its founder Michael Ovitz served as inspiration for how to break into an industry dominated by a few large incumbents. In 1975, a few large talent agencies dominated the entertainment industry. To break into the industry, Michael and CAA came up with a new playbook — rather than a single agent representing an actor or actress, he turned the entire agency into a network. In this special edition of Boss Talk, Michael joins Ben, Marc, and Ali to talk about how both CAA and a16z went from scrappy startup to industry leader by giving talent access to bigger networks. Boss Talk is the Clubhouse show where a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi, the Founder/CEO of Databricks, discuss CEO stuff, leadership stuff, management stuff... boss stuff. Live every Tuesday 5-6pm on Clubhouse. 


9 Apr 2021

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#AskGaryVee 293 with Michael Ovitz

Curse Free GaryVee

SUPER FIRED UP for this #askgaryvee, with one of my favorite people in the world, Michael Ovitz, co-founder of one of the largest talent agencies in the world, Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Michael stops by to talk his new book, tell a few stories about his time at CAA and take calls from the audience.    Check out Michael's Book, "Who Is Michael Ovitz?" here: www.amazon.com/Who-Michael-Ovitz…oir/dp/0753553368 *Originally published to The GaryVee Audio Experience on September 26, 2018


29 Apr 2019

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Summit 2018: Michael Ovitz & GaryVee on Recognizing Talent and Opportunity

The GaryVee Audio Experience

Super fired up to have done this talk in LA with my friend Michael Ovitz, going in depth on the entertainment industry, success, entrepreneurship and a ton more. This was a really really big talk that I'd love for you to take a listen to <3 I'd love if you hit up Summit, who put on this talk here: instagram.com/summit facebook.com/summit twitter.com/summit https://www.linkedin.com/company/summitco/


2 Dec 2018

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Michael Ovitz

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Debbie talks to Michael Ovitz about his long and controversial career as a Hollywood power broker.

1hr 5mins

8 Oct 2018

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396 - Michael Ovitz: The Most Cut-Throat, Competitive Business in The World… How He Changed Hollywood

The James Altucher Show

My favorite movies wouldn't exist without Michael Ovitz. Think: Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Schindler's List! But he believes "great projects always surface." So I had him tell me about all the projects he worked with. And the talent (Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd and more). He told me how he left the mailroom of one talent agency to start his own. Which THEN became the biggest talent agency in Hollywood, Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Later on, Michael went on to become the #2 guy at Disney. Now, he has a bestselling book called, “Who Is Michael Ovitz?"  Links & Resources: "Who Is Michael Ovitz?" by Michael Ovitz Follow Michael here: InstagramTwitterFacebook Also Mentioned: The Altucher Report GhostBusters Dan Aykroyd Schindler's List Jurassic Park Michael Crichton Steven Spielberg MGM Studios Gary Cooper Clark Gable Jennifer Lawrence Bill Murray Zoe Saldana The Hoffmans The Pacinos Robert Deniro Robert Redford Martin Scorsese Paul Newman Sidney Poitier Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Al Pacino Heat Michael Mann Paramount Studios MCA Studios Universal Studios Columbia Pictures Bernie Brillstein Zero to One by Peter Thiel Meatballs Tom Cruise Paula Wagner Taps The Color of Money The Hustler William Morriss Hulu Netflix ABC Pictures Joanna Woodward Slapshot Buffalo Bill and the Indians Mash Sydney Pollack They Shoot Horses Three Days of the Condor Stanley Kubrick Newman’s Own Michael Eisner Disney Don Keough and Roberto Goizueta (Coka-Cola) Bob Daly and Terry Semel (Warner) Tom Murphy and Daniel Burke (Capital Cities) Tom Clancy Janet Jackson Bob Iger Pixar Marvel Lucasfilms Andreessen Horowitz Airbnb George Seurat I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Linkedin InstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


29 Sep 2018

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#AskGaryVee 293 with Michael Ovitz

The GaryVee Audio Experience

SUPER FIRED UP for this #askgaryvee, with one of my favorite people in the world, Michael Ovitz, co-founder of one of the largest talent agencies in the world, Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Michael stops by to talk his new book, tell a few stories about his time at CAA and take calls from the audience.  Check out Michael's Book, "Who Is Michael Ovitz?" here: https://www.amazon.com/Who-Michael-Ovitz-Memoir/dp/0753553368


26 Sep 2018

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#91 Michael Ovitz on the Best Advice Ever for Succeeding In Record Time

Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Entrepreneur Michael Ovitz went from being a tour guide at Universal Studios in his teens to co-founding the mammoth talent agency CAA that he and his partners built from scratch. Taking bold risks to kick his foot in the door of the industry helped him outshine his peers to get noticed and get ahead. The author of the memoir “Who Is Michael Ovitz?” details his roadmap for success and life lessons learned along the way on this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu. Impact Theory is proudly sponsored by: Skillshare. Start learning on Skillshare today at skillshare.com/impact ButcherBox. Use the discount code: “IMPACT” at butcherbox.com to get 20$ off and FREE BACON Four Sigmatic: Visit foursigmatic.com/impacttheory for 15% off your order Audible; Try Audible Free here: audible.com/impact SHOW NOTES: Michael reflects on his upbringing and early interest in the entertainment industry. [3:13] Michael and Tom discuss the type of work ethic that gets you noticed on your road to success. [8:27] Michael breaks down some traits and downfalls of successful people. [22:05] Michael talks about capitalizing on learning opportunities. [28:00] Michael dives into the art of negotiating. [31:45] Michael speaks on the importance and power of vulnerability. [37:22] Michael reflects on the impact he’s had on the world. [40:38] QUOTES: “...I had a really strong foundation and I decided there were two paths in life. There was one path which was to just sort of float with it, and there was another path to be aggressive and try to make something of yourself and do something that would put you in a position to be able to do something else, to be able to do something else, to do something else...” [5:24] “So one had to learn at 17 when to back off, when to try to get more information. For me, information and knowledge were the key to everything.” [9:55] “Steven Spielberg didn't read a book how to direct. He went out and did it, made some mistakes, made some brilliant things, figured it out, and then just growing and growing and growing. And as, by the way, with most creative people it's trial and error. It's just trial and error. And that's how it was for me. It was no different.” [21:28] “One doesn't get to a place of success without having made mistakes.” [26:25] FOLLOW MICHAEL OVITZ: WEBSITE - https://bit.ly/2PMc9a6 FACEBOOK - https://bit.ly/2D8Mirz TWITTER - https://bit.ly/2NmIXJS PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Michael Crichton - https://bit.ly/2xu16Li [26:38] BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Who Is Michael Ovitz? - https://amzn.to/2OcgE0m [2:25] Biography of Winston Churchill - https://bit.ly/2MHRm5I [41:23] COMPANIES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: CAA - https://bit.ly/2MGNYrP [0:49]


25 Sep 2018