Of the many people who helped make this book a reality, I would first of all like to thank my friend and mentor, B.J. Markel, for both giving me wise counsel about the entertainment business and doing such a patient and sterling job in the editing ofthis book. I would also like to thank Ken Lee for his continuing support and enthusiasm, and Gina Mansfield, a true collaborator and artist. And most of all, I want to thank Michael Wiese, who has created such a winning brand of books about every aspect of the film industry, and is also one of its most proactive and successful participants. Finally, thanks for the encouragement I received from the gang Hin and out of these rooms,” especially Marin, Melanie, Rich, Lee, Lisa, Zed, Zak, Eric, Jake, and Wendell. Trudge on!