Sunday, July 21st @ 3pm - Bruce Ferber discusses and signs "The Way We Work"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Bruce Ferber to the store to discuss and sign The Way We Work: On the Job in Hollywood on Sunday, July 21st at 3:00 pm. Joining Bruce in conversation will be writer/producer Brent Forrester. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.
Despite increasing corporate mergers and bottom-line thinking, the entertainment business will never function like a bank or an insurance company because it is an industry rooted in imagination. Rules are meant to be broken. The best work is often produced in an environment where plans change by the minute and nothing seems to make sense. To wit, those who choose this profession must alter preconceived notions of work itself, sometimes discovering that fantasy and horror describe both movie genres and life on the job. The phenomenon crosses class lines: From the writers, directors, and producers to the lawyers, agents, studio executives, and crew and right down to the porta-potty suppliers.
The Way We Work provides a window into the skill sets and the insanity that make movies and television tick. Essays by award-winning writers, directors, and producers chronicle the process and the obstacles facing those at the top of the creative food chain. Oral histories from executives to "below-the-line" workers describe life in the trenches, which often present as Stud's Terkel's Working--on acid.
Bruce Ferber is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee whose television writing and producing credits include Bosom Buddies, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Coach, and Home Improvement, where he served as Executive Producer and showrunner. He turned to writing fiction with the 2012 publication of his novel, Elevating Overman. His second novel, Cascade Falls, won the Foreword Indie Book of the Year Bronze Prize for General Fiction, and Gold Prize for Humor/Fiction.
Brent Forrester has written for 6 Emmy Award-winning TV comedies including, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Late Night with Conan, HBO's Mr. Show and NBC's The Office, where he was also a director, and co-showrunner in the final season. Recently he has been the Showrunner of Judd Apatow's comedy Love on Netflix. He is currently an Executive Producer on Space Force, an upcoming Netflix comedy starring Steve Carell. He is proud to call Bruce Ferber one of his "original mentors" in comedy writing.
The Way We Work will be released on July 9th. It is available for pre-order now and will be for sale at the event.