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To Pixar and Beyond : My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
by Lawrence Levy


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The never-before-told story of Pixar's improbable success.

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Overview
An AMAZON BEST BOOK of 2016 in BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP

A top pick on FORTUNE S FAVORITE BOOKS LIST for 2016.

The never-before-told story of Pixar's improbable success.

Hi, Lawrence? the caller asked. This is Steve Jobs. I saw your picture in a magazine a few years ago and thought we d work together someday. After Steve Jobs was unceremoniously dismissed from Apple, he turned his attention to a little-known graphics art company that he owned called Pixar.

One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard-trained lawyer and Silicon Valley executive to whom he had never spoken before, in the hope of persuading Levy to help him get Pixar on the right track.What Levy found in Pixar was a company on the verge of failure. To Pixar and Beyond is the extraordinary story of what happened next: How Levy, working closely with Jobs and the Pixar team, produced and implemented a highly improbable roadmap that transformed the sleepy graphics art studio into one of Hollywood s greatest success stories. Set in the worlds of Silicon Valley and Hollywood, the book takes readers inside Pixar, Disney, law firms, and investment banks. It provides an up-close, first-hand account of Pixar s stunning ascent, how it took risks, Levy s enduring collaboration and friendship with Jobs, and how Levy came to see in Pixar deeper parallels that apply to all aspects of our lives."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544734142
  • ISBN-10: 0544734149
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish Date: November 2016
  • Page Count: 272


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-07-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

Levy, a former Silicon Valley attorney, recounts becoming a confidant of the late Steve Jobs in this engaging memoir. When Levy arrived at Pixar (where Jobs served as chairman) as chief financial officer in February 1995, it was a small but brilliant firm on the edge of failure, not for lack of talent—this was the creative team that had developed the cutting-edge animation behind the still-unreleased Toy Story—but from a lack of business savvy and a deep distrust of Jobs. By believing in Pixar’s future and its people, Levy explains, he and Jobs turned the tide for the struggling company, despite its deeply disadvantageous deal with Disney. The solution, Jobs and Levy realized, was an IPO to garner Pixar more capital. After Pixar’s value skyrocketed to $1.46 billion on its first day of trading and Toy Story became an unexpected success, Pixar could finally renegotiate its deal with Disney, acquiring more creative control and a larger share of the profits. A wildly successful slate of films followed, ultimately leading to the 2006 sale of Pixar to Disney for $7.6 billion. Levy has written a fascinating look at one of the most innovative companies of the early 21st century. Agent: David McCormick, McCormick Literary. (Nov.)

 
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