Creating Television: Conversations With the People Behind 50 Years of American TV [NOOK Book]

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"Creating Television brings television and its creators to life, presenting fascinating in-depth interviews with the creators of American TV. Having interviewed over 100 television professionals over the course of his 15 years of research, Dr. Robert Kubey presents here the 40 conversations that provide the most illuminating insights about the industry and the people working in it. These interviews bring television's creators to life, revealing their backgrounds, their work, and their thoughts about the audience and the television programs they
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Creating Television: Conversations With the People Behind 50 Years of American TV

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Overview

"Creating Television brings television and its creators to life, presenting fascinating in-depth interviews with the creators of American TV. Having interviewed over 100 television professionals over the course of his 15 years of research, Dr. Robert Kubey presents here the 40 conversations that provide the most illuminating insights about the industry and the people working in it. These interviews bring television's creators to life, revealing their backgrounds, their work, and their thoughts about the audience and the television programs they create. Each interview tells a compelling tale of an individual's struggles and successes within a complex collaborative and highly commercial medium, offering readers rare insights on the human component of television's development." Featured in this volume are actors, agents, writers, directors, producers, and executives, representing television's earliest days through to the present day. Spanning shows from I Love Lucy and The Tonight Show through Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and The Sopranos, these creators share the stories of how they gained entry to the industry and built their careers, offering readers a rare opportunity to meet, up close, the people involved in creating many of the most famous and successful programs in the medium's history, and linking the creators' personal histories to the television programs they create.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135694272
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/27/2004
  • Series: Routledge Communication Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 528
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: Bringing Television Creators to Life 1
Ch. 2 Individual Creativity in a Collaborative Medium 9
Ch. 3 The Pioneers: Creating the First Decade 23
Sid Caesar 27
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf 33
Leonard Stern 41
Steve Allen 53
Fred deCordova 59
Agnes Nixon 69
David Levy 77
Grant Tinker 91
Lee Rich 101
Carroll Pratt 113
Ch. 4 Writer-Producers: Creating Breakthrough Television 121
Susan Harris 125
Matt Groening 137
Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz 153
Larry David 165
Allan Burns 173
Ch. 5 A Different Kind of Writer 187
Arla Sorkin Manson 189
T. S. Cook 203
Jean Rouverol 215
Bob Ellison 227
Ch. 6 A Different Kind of Producer 231
Gary Smith 233
Marty Pasetta 245
Dave Bell 253
Bruce Sallan 265
Ch. 7 Two Directors 283
Jay Sandrich 285
Walter Grauman 297
Ch. 8 The Actors 307
Ed Asner 311
Betty White 321
Henry Winkler 331
Jason Alexander 341
Aida Turturro 359
Paul Petersen 373
Ch. 9 The Agents 395
Jeremy Zimmer 397
Bill Haber 409
Jay Berstein 415
Ray Solley 427
Ch. 10 A Different Kind of Executive 445
Frank Dawson 447
Gerry Laybourne 463
Chris Albrecht 475
References 481
Photo Credits 485
Index 487
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