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3rd August 2017

Joel Gotler, 71

Joel Gotler is CEO of Intellectual Property Group, a literary management company representing some of the world’s best-selling authors. He is also responsible for selling the underlying rights to hundreds of films, including Indecent Proposal, Chocolat and The Wolf of Wall Street. Bolder met him on location in Los Angeles.

“I grew up in Queens, New York, where I lived in the back of a candy store with two half sisters and my mother. It was tiny. I was basically a child salesman. I’d work there from 5 in the morning until midnight, which is where I got the gift of the gab. Later on, I went to Jamaica High School and somehow did very well. I don’t know how as I have ADD [attention deficit disorder], but whatever I hear, I seem to retain.

I never knew what I wanted to be in life but human resources at WNEW Radio suggested I should become an agent. So, I started one up with five misfit friends out of a tiny room in New York. We called ourselves Soap Box Enterprises, which was a terrible name. We somehow managed to get a deal booking Carly Simon at a college but the very same day the William Morris Agency called me and said they had an opening, so that was the end of that. I took the job, in the mailroom.

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