Life in Hollywood, below-the-line

Life in Hollywood, below-the-line
Work gloves at the end of the 2006/2007 television season (photo by Richard Blair)

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Biggest Asshole in Hollywood

Truth be told, there's probably a top ten of these souless creatures in this town-- a rogue's gallery of sorts --but any readers curious as to what it's like to work for an overbearing, pathologically abusive, quasi-psychotic director should click here.

Working for assholes comes with the Hollywood turf. Sooner or later, we all have to work for one of these ogres, but there's nothing in my thirty year career quite as harrowing as the long, ugly day endured and beautifully described by The Script Goddess. Although I don't know for certain, I have a pretty good idea who Scripty had the misfortune to work for -- and he's The Worst, a legend in the television commercial community for all the wrong reasons. That he's so very talented at what he does only makes his monstrous behavior all the more infuriating.

Read it and weep -- and be glad it was Scripty, and not you.


Burbanked said...

My course-altering and landmark (at least to me) decision NOT to continue to work on-set, making a living as a freelance job-to-job production guy in Hollywood was more or less made while sitting in an interview for an assignment as an executive producer's assistant. For about an hour and a half, the producer verbally jabbed and poked at me, ostensibly to "see if I could take it".

All I could think was, "wow, but I sure don't want to spend 13 hours a day for the next four months at this asshole's elbow."

I guess we both ended up getting what we wanted.

Michael Taylor said...


The cut-and-thrust seems to be a lot more vicious above the line. There ARE a few dick-heads down here -- sadistic, self-annointed Banana Republic dictators much like the executive producer you mention -- but it's easier to avoid them down in the trenches. The executive suites remain a treacherous minefield.