A LITTLE BIT ABOUT BILL

Senior Associate

Best-selling author Bill Knoedelseder is a veteran journalist and who honed his skills during 12 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times.

Bill’s latest, Bitter Brew: the Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer, tells the riveting story of one of our nation’s most colorful and longest lasting business dynasties. Called “intoxicating reading,” by The Wall Street Journal, the book became a New York Times best seller and was optioned by Lionsgate Television in association with Michael London, the Oscar-nominated producer of Sideways.

I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy’s Golden Era recounts Bill’s time as cub reporter covering the L.A. comedy club scene when David Letterman, Jay Leno, Robin Williams and Andy Kaufman were young and undiscovered. Actor Jim Carrey has purchased the rights.

Bill also spent 14 years as a TV producer and executive, creating news programs and documentaries for Fox, Disney, Knight-Ridder, Bravo and USA Broadcasting, where he served as vice president of news. At Fox and USA, he reported to the chairman Barry Diller.

Bill is currently at work on his third book for Harper Collins, Fins, about the life and times of Harley Earl, the visionary car designer who helped engineer the phenomenal rise of General Motors.

Bill’s first best-selling book, Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business and the Mafia, which grew from his work first published in the L.A. Times, was named Best Non-Fiction work of 1993 by Entertainment Weekly, which called it “the scariest book of the year…and the funniest.” The two of the principal mob figures depicted in Stiffed subsequently served as the models for HBO’s Tony Soprano and his music business mentor Herman “Hesh” Rabkin.

In Eddie’s Name chronicles the brutal murder of a Philadelphia teenager that made national headlines when Bill, as executive producer of the Knight Ridder news program Inquirer News Tonight, pressed the city to make public the content of 911 tapes recorded the night of the killing, which ultimately revealed a complete breakdown of Philadelphia’s emergency response system.

Bill Knoedelseder

Los Angeles, CA