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Who is Michael Ovitz?: Reflections on Hollywood and Beyond Hardcover – 15 September 2018

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Portfolio; 1st edition (15 September 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1591845548
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1591845546
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.21 x 3.23 x 24.21 cm
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Michael Ovitz co-founded CAA in 1975 and served as its chairman until 1995. For most of the past two decades he has been a private investor and an advisor to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

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