Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections
(Page 2 of 2)

'Fade Out': Peter Bart in the Lion's Den : Film: Former MGM/UA executive chronicles the decline of the once-powerful studio.

April 05, 1990|ELAINE DUTKA | TIMES STAFF WRITER

* Bart, said another insider, was a "third-rate executive" who, despite his suggestion in the book that he resigned, had been fired from the studio--a fact that was bound to color his perceptions. ("I didn't portray myself as a genius and I assumed that the company was as disappointed with the way things were working as I. But I went in to ask Yablans for a producing deal. No one called me in.")

* Bart's book betrays Yablans who considered him his "best friend," another producer said. ("I have great affection for Frank, but we weren't close personal friends. We never hung out together. I never intended this to be a slam at Frank and it would disappoint me if it was interpreted that way. Frank tried hard. He was a victim, too.")

Bart professes to have had no second thoughts about embarking on the project. "MGM/UA is a publicly held company run by people who pay a lot of money to publicists to make them public figures," he says. "Studios in general tend to be cold, business-like environments, in no way resembling a family. This book is just an extension of the dog-eat-dog mentality that pervaded the place."

Fields and Weintraub have both sent letters of protest to the publisher, claiming the work is riddled with inaccuracies. Weintraub labeled "Fade Out" "defamatory . . . a reckless disregard of truth and subject to liability."

"No one at Morrow is quaking," Bart says. "If the letters were written to intimidate, they were a definite failure. The book stays to carefully documented material and this kind of static is inevitable. Most of the calls I'm getting are from people--including one studio chief--happy that I wrote about what happened to two great companies, MGM and UA . . . not telling me that If I showed my face in town I'd get shot."

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|