Linda Thurman was a French Quarter hippie in the 60’s, New York theatre lighting designer in the 70’s, Hollywood executive in the 80’s, Digital Revolutionary in the 90’s, and until her retirement in 2013, a media professor, strategic consultant, and co-owner of Louisiana’s Emerald Bayou Studios. She is now an author and, for the dessert portion of her career, the executive director of the Institute for Cinema Ephemera devoted to preserving movie posters and paper memorabilia.
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Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo, and Greed
“Glamour is hard work. Tax credits don’t go into the producer’s pocket. Everyone in movies isn’t rich.”
Hollywood industry insider Linda Thurman gained her expertise in the movie industry from the ground up. She performed in theatre productions across the country before finding her niche behind the scenes. From the chairman’s office of a Hollywood studio to the corridors of the Louisiana legislature, Thurman reveals the mystifying inner workings of the movie industry.
Her experiences in Los Angeles combined with her role in Louisiana as the business development president for Emerald Bayou Studios gave her an insider’s knowledge of the turmoil during the early years of Hollywood South. Her front row seat to key discussions sheds light on the intriguing relationship between politics and the entertainment industry, in both Hollywood and Louisiana. More than many others, she is intimately acquainted with the conspiracy to manipulate and control the Louisiana film industry that resulted in prison terms for film czar Mark Smith and Malcolm Petal. Part memoir and part exposé, Thurman’s experiences are riveting and disturbing—everything one expects from a good Hollywood tale!
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