One of the ways it works in L.A.

Andy Fiscella owns industry bars the Dime and Winston's, recently added Crown Bar, and is known for banning Britney Spears at one of his clubs. In today's Hollywood, that all makes him a player. From Alexandra Le Tellier in Metromix:

An hour later, Crown Bar has morphed into a boys' club thick with producers, agents and screenwriters. They all seem to be vying for Fiscella's attention, tugging on him to talk scripts or, like ICM literary agent Emile Gladstone, squeezing through to make an introduction with a business card. Fiscella has just told me he plans to start producing "major, major movies," so I'm eavesdropping on his conversation with "300" co-screenwriter Michael B. Gordon when, out of nowhere, Fiscella tosses me his jacket, jumps over the bar as if he were hopping into a convertible, and produces a dozen drinks for a crowd of friends.

Fiscella is no stranger to captivating an audience. In the six years since he moved to L.A. from New York, he's nabbed an Endeavor agent and acted in 13 movies, including "Winged Creatures" with Forest Whitaker and "Final Destination 4." He's also becoming a producer with bar partner Chris Huvane, the West Coast editor of GQ. If things go accordingly, they'll soon have a celebrity-driven reality show with David Katzenberg and a deal to develop Brian Wood's graphic novel "The Tourist" into a film. That’s not to say that Fiscella has any plans to get out of the bar business. He has a space in Hermosa Beach he'd like to turn into an offshoot of the Dime, and he wants to build a hotel too—something reminiscent of the Chateau Marmont, he says.

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