Originally Posted by Commuter
I've always been interested in Ari Emanuel. What's he like/ any great stories?
He's an absolutely unbelievable agent. If you can get him to actually engage, there is no limit to what he can do for your career. Take Mark Wahlberg. He's a talented enough guy, but look at his career path. From Marky Mark underwear ads to legit A-lister. Beyond that, he's made him an absolutely unreal amount of money as a TV producer. Ari's background is in TV and he's probably the best TV agent ever, having made some serious **** you money.
Personality-wise, the Entourage character isn't that far off. Very charismatic, but a total spazz who is going full speed like 18 hours a day.
As an aisde, he's now reached a place Mike Ovitz found himself back in the day: having conquered traditional agenting, he's bored. Ovitz left for Disney; Ari is trying to get out in front of emerging distribution platforms to expand the company's revenue sources beyond commissioning and packaging. He spends more time on venture capital-type stuff than working for clients these days.