January 13, 1997 12:00 PM

>READ ANYTHING WITH GOOD ‘STORY INTEGRITY’ LATELY?

Books about Hollywood can read like dispatches from another planet, full of indecipherable industry jargon. That’s certainly the case with Rob Long’s wry Conversations with My Agent, in which the former writer and co-executive producer of Cheers chronicles his efforts to develop a new sitcom and along the way drops more than a few loony phrases from La-La Land. Test your Hollywood savvy by matching the lingo with its English translation:

1. Show runners 2. Seeking other creative venues 3. Content providers 4. Unwinding at the network 5. Pieces of business 6. Industry professionals 7. Real heavy coin 8. Ankling

A. TV shows and movies B. People with clout C. A large amount of money D. Leaving a job willfully E. Choking at a pitch meeting F. Powerful producers G. Being fired H. Writers

KEY:

1—F

2—G

3—H

4—E

5—A

6—B

7—C

8—D

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