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On Bezos, Burnett, and MGM

Jeff Bezos attends the Amazon Prime Video's Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel
Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images
Matthew Belloni
May 27, 2021

The first time I set foot in MGM’s headquarters, in Beverly Hills, I was struck by its unglamorous sterility. The dark entryway and long, vacant walls suggested a financial services company of a quasi-dystopian future, not a surviving link to Hollywood’s glorious past. Louis B. Mayer, MGM’s co-founder, famously touted “more stars than there are in heaven.” To me, though, it looked like a place where the stars’ accountants might work.