Nicole LaPorte is a former film reporter for Variety, where she covered the Hollywood movie industry for several years. She also wrote the "Rules of Hollywood" column for the Los Angeles Times Magazine and has also written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, and W magazine. For The Men Who Would Be King, she did more than two hundred interviews with subjects at every level of the entertainment business. Stephen Hoye has won thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards, including one for the New York Times bestseller Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. A graduate of London's Guildhall and a veteran of London's West End, Stephen has recorded many other notable titles, such as Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong and The Google Story by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed.
Former Variety reporter Nicole Laporte documents the surrealistic story of DreamWorks, the Hollywood studio founded and run (into the ground) by billionaire record executive David Geffen, former Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberger, and legendary director Steven Spielberg. Drawing on more than 200 interviews with the principles, as well as insiders, associates, and employees of the company, Laporte provides the definitive version of how these three entertainment luminaries founded the first new Hollywood studio in 60 years and then nearly bankrupted the company despite a string of extremely successful films, including the SHREK series, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, AMERICAN BEAUTY, GLADIATOR, and A BEAUTIFUL MIND. According to Laporte, almost every blockbuster the studio produced was balanced by a bomb, such as SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS and THE ISLAND, and the studio eventually imploded due to accumulating debt and ongoing creative friction between Katzenberg and Spielberg, causing the founding trio to sell out to Paramount and escape with a profit at the expense of their hundreds of employees.