Power Lunch

A Hollywood Assistant Dishes on the Groveling, Posturing and Ego-Saving Fibs Involved in Booking a Power Lunch

A former aide to a top TV exec reveals the high-pressure (but low-level) negotiations ("only suggesting places that were equidistant from [two power players'] respective offices") and manipulations of planning an industry pow-wow: "If I hit a total roadblock with a restaurant … I'd sometimes say the place was closed for a private event and pray that my boss didn't hear someone else had dined there that same day."