ESPN, SNL & Hollywood: Behind Closed Doors with

James Andrew Miller
Wednesday March 29, 2017 6:00PM — 8:00PM

Guests will enjoy cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres before viewing an intimate Q&A session featuring award-winning journalist and coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, James Andrew Miller.

Why James Andrew Miller Captivates Audiences

Saturday Night Live and ESPN are two of the most prominent cultural phenomena of the century just behind us and the century still new beneath our feet. In two groundbreaking books about these monoliths, Miller takes our cultural temperature, measures the ways we have grown, and looks ahead to see what the past can—and should— teach us. His work resulted in the electrifying and widely publicized best-sellers Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live and Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN. The former chronicled the birth and growth of the most significant programming breakthrough since TV’s Golden Age: a show that arrived just at the moment when network TV was being called a dinosaur and when live TV—save for sports—had been pronounced dead. The latter tracks the tale of sports broadcasting titan ESPN, from its comically clunky inception to becoming the singlemost successful media story of all time.

Now, with his eyes as clear and his insights as bright as ever, Miller has fixed his gaze on a media giant as little-known as the first two were famous. In his book NYT Best-Seller and best non-fiction of 2016 on Amazon Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency , Miller demonstrates how CAA might be the most influential and effectual of the three giants. For decades, CAA was the leader among Hollywood talent agencies, and many believe it still is. Using his trademark approach of constructing oral histories based on exhaustive interviews with the people present at the time and countless hours of additional reporting, Miller shares his insights into one of the most wildly successful companies in history—one that made dozens of headlines during its heyday, yet about which the public knew astonishingly little.

Whether discussing the epic, trail-blazing hilarity of SNL, the stories and slapdash history of ESPN, or now, the rise of the company behind a staggering number of the personalities, franchises, and brands that Americans have come to know and (sometimes) love, James Andrew Miller has generated ideas and insights that are invaluable to anyone looking to make their mark on the American culture and economy—whether by expanding their businesses, managing talent from the mailroom to the boardroom, or analyzing the respective rises and falls that tell the story of the past, present, and especially the future of our culture, our economy, and our survival. 

About James

James Andrew Miller is an award-winning journalist who has covered media, entertainment, and politics throughout a storied career spanning more than 20 years.

Starting out as a member of the Television Reporting Team at The Washington Post, Miller later became Special Assistant and Chief Speechwriter to Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. He straddled the line between show business and news broadcasting, serving as VP of Television for Norman Lear’s ACT III Communications, the Executive VP of Original Programming for USA Network, a producer with CBS News, and the Senior Executive Producer of both Anderson Cooper 360 & Paula Zahn Now at CNN.

In 1985, he employed his experience in the political arena to write the bestselling book Running in Place: Inside the Senate. Later, he and co-author Tom Shales wrote Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live , which spent more than four months on the New York Times bestseller list and was named by Fortune as one of the top 75 “Smartest Books We Know.” In 2011, he partnered with Shales a second time to produce Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN , an instant No. 1 New York Times bestseller.

Miller then set his sights on CAA, the legendary talent industry titan that, despite its pervasiveness in American media culture and capital, has remained a largely unknown quantity to the general public. In Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency, Miller provides “an astonishing—and astonishingly entertaining—history of Hollywood’s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all,” from talent management and deal-making, to branding, advertising, licensing, consulting, and even investment banking. For those with an interest in the dynamics of the entertainment industry, or simply those who want to know more about the inner-workings of our media saturated world, Powerhouse is a must-read.

In addition, Mr. Miller profiled then First Lady Nancy Reagan for Life magazine; he has written for the op-ed pages at The Washington Post and The New York Times, as well as writing a three part investigative series for The New York Times and articles for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Vanity Fair, Grantland, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Salon, and The Harvard Journal on Legislation, among others.

Mr. Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics at Occidental College; an M. Lit. from Oxford University, and an MBA from Harvard University, all with honors.

Schedule of Events:

  • 6PM: Cocktail Reception
  • 6:45PM: Program Begins (Moderated Q&A followed by Guest Q&A)
  • 7:30PM: Program Concludes, Cocktails and Mingling Continue
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