“Dick Zanuck was one of the most successful film producers of recent times. His hits include such classics as “The Sting”, “Jaws”, “Cocoon”, “Driving Miss Daisy” and more recently Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” which grossed more than $1 billion.
Hollywood royalty who spoke at his funeral and memorial services included Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg, who called him a ‘cornerstone of the film industry’.
But when I had lunch with Dick Zanuck last year just days before he died, we discussed one of the rare moments when his decision-making had gone very wrong.”
Read Noreena’s piece on CNN.com about how getting stuck in your own success can be the death knell for innovation.