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Fred Silverman’s Interview is Now Online

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

We’re happy to report that legendary television executive Fred Silverman’s interview is now online. At almost 6-1/2 hours, this amazing interview encompasses over three decades of television history and gives a fascinating inside look at the networks and programming so many of us grew up with (just take a look at the brief interview description below and you’ll see what we mean!). Not one to rest on his many laurels, Silverman is currently ramping up his Fred Silverman Co. to develop scripted and unscripted comedies.

Here’s part 7 of the interview where he describes the programming of the hit miniseries Roots.
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Click here to access Fred Silverman’s entire interview.

Interview description:
Network television executive Fred Silverman speaks about his first job in TV, at WGN in Chicago, where he created such programs as Zim-Bomba, Bozo’s Circus and Family Classics. He then explains his move to CBS in New York, where he quickly worked his way up the corporate ladder, first as head of daytime programming, (where he revitalized the Saturday morning lineup, Scooby-Doo being among them), and later as the Vice President of Programming. During this time, he oversaw such programs as All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, Kojak, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and The Waltons. Next, he talks his appointment as President of ABC Entertainment, where he oversaw such programs as Charlie’s Angels, Donny and Marie, Eight is Enough, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat and Three’s Company. He also touches on the development and scheduling of the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots. Mr. Silverman talks about his next move, to NBC as President and CEO in 1978. There, he oversaw the development of programs including and Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, Hill Street Blues. Mr. Silverman also explains the basic tenets of working as a network television executive, and discusses his methods for development, scheduling and promotions. Finally, he talks about his work as an independent producer for such programs as the Perry Mason television movies, Matlock, In the Heat of the Night and Diagnosis Murder. The interview was conducted in two sessions in 2001 by Dan Pasternack.

Pat Morita’s Interview is Now Online

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Noriyuke “Pat” Morita’s interview is now online. Best known on television for his role of “Arnold” on Happy Days, this interview provides a fascinating account of his life and career. Click here to access all 7 segments.

Interview Description:
Pat Morita (1932-2005) talks about his early years, including his childhood internment in a camp in California for Japanese-Americans during World War II. He discusses turning to comedy performance at the age of 30, and his quick rise to his television debut on Hollywood Palace. He reminisces about landing a regular role on Happy Days as Arnold and working with the cast. He also discusses appearing on Sanford and Son and speaks fondly of his mentor, the late Redd Foxx. He also speaks of his work on the “Karate Kid” feature films. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on October 13, 2000.

Charles Fox’s Archive of American Television Interview Is Now Online

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Composer Charles Fox’s two-and-a-half hour Archive of American Television interview has been added to the online collection at Google Video. This is tape 2 of Charles Fox’s interview in which he talks about the early days of electronic music. Click here to view the entire 7-part interview.

Charles Fox is the composer of many of television’s most memorable theme songs including the theme songs for “Love, American Style,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Wonder Woman,” “The Love Boat,” and “Angie.”

Interview description:

Fox begins by talking about his musical education, which included studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1959-61. He explains how he broke into composing for television, writing transition material for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as well as the bold and energetic theme song for ABC’s Wide World of Sports. He speaks in great detail about Love American Style, a series for which he wrote the theme song and scored music for the entire series run. He describes other series for which he both scored the theme song and created libraries for track music. He looks back on his work for Laverne & Shirley, including details about the pilot presentation and the creation of the theme song and main title. Additionally he talks about his work on the series: Happy Days, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, and The Paper Chase. He also discusses his work in television movies (including Victory at Entebbe) and feature films (including The Other Side of the Mountain and Foul Play), as well as composing other popular songs. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on June 29, 2004.