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From Moguls to Mortals
« on: November 29, 2016, 02:28:33 pm »
LOS ANGELES ó Some out-of-work Hollywood moguls handle the transition from general to civilian with grace.

But they can also be one of moviedomís saddest sights. Some are very obviously at loose ends, no matter what kind of face they put on. Others seem terrified about a table downgrade at Mr. Chow.

And some are just utterly out of touch, as when one former media titan, struggling to adjust to life without an always-idling private jet, arrived at an airport and was baffled by the touch-screen check-in procedure. What, pray tell, were these newfangled kiosk devices? (I am so not joking.)

Hollywood has lately become populated with an unusually large number of free-floating moguls; guys (and they are still almost always guys) who find themselves reigning supreme as media kingpins one day and facing down an existential crisis as mere millionaires the next.

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They include Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former DreamWorks Animation chief; Jim Gianopulos, replaced as the big boss at 20th Century Fox in June; Philippe Dauman, dismissed as Viacomís leader in August; and Rob Friedman, eased aside as co-chairman of Lionsgate in September.

There are several more examples, including Rob Moore, who recently lost his job as vice chairman of Paramount Pictures.

ďItís upsetting, no question, when you are suddenly dislodged from your life,Ē Mr. Moore told me. ďYouíre raw, and youíre vulnerable. Even though you know this eventually happens to most everyone at a certain level in Hollywood ó thatís just how it works in a hit-driven business ó itís still a surprise.