Posts Tagged ‘“Batman”’

To the Batmobile! Batman’s car is up for Auction!

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

The Caped Crusader’s iconic car goes on the auction block today, January 19th, 2013 at Barrett-Jackson classic auto auction house in Scottsdale, Arizona. Watch Batmobile owner George Barris describe how he transformed a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into one of the most identifiable automobiles of all time:

More details about the auction here and watch Barris’ full Archive interview here. How much do you think the Batmobile will sell for?

TV Executive & Producer William Self Has Died

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

William Self served as an executive at 20th Century Fox where he oversaw such now-classic TV series as Batman, Julia, and M*A*S*H and was an Emmy-nominated producer of the 1991 Hallmark Hall of Fame production Sarah, Plain and Tall.  Self died on November 15 at the age of 89.

William Self’s Archive interview was conducted on March 27, 2001.

Interview description:

William “Bill” Self was interviewed for three hours in Los Angeles, CA.  Mr. Self started off discussing his early acting career in movies that led to his extensive television producing career.  He talked about producing the series: Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, The Frank Sinatra Show and the pilot of The Twilight Zone.  He then discussed his brief executive position at CBS and his executive producer position at 20th Century Fox Television.  Self talked about his promotions at Fox to the eventual positions of President of 20th Century Fox Television and Vice President of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, where he oversaw such shows as The Adventures of Dobie Gillis, Batman, Daniel Boone, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Peyton Place, Lost in Space, M*A*S*H, Julia and Room 222, among others.  He ended the interview discussing his relationships with various producers and directors and his partnership with actress Glenn Close on the Sarah Plain and Tall movies.  The interview was conducted by Jeff Abraham.

Director Robert Butler’s Archive Interview is Now Online!

Friday, August 3rd, 2007


Director Robert Butler was responsible for creating the look and feel for many classic television series in a career that spanned five decades. His full Archive of American Television interview is now available online, including detailed accounts of directing the first episodes of Batman, Moonlighting (pilot telefilm) and Hill Street Blues.

Click here to access Robert Butler’s entire five-hour interview.

Interview description:
Butler began by describing his early years breaking into the business as an usher at CBS. He described his experiences in various behind-the-scenes capacities on such classic “live” anthology series as Climax! and Playhouse 90. He described his first break in television directing on the comedy/drama series Hennesey. He detailed his many and varied assignments in series television in the 1960s on such series as The Detectives, Bonanza, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Dr. Kildare, Gunsmoke, The Defenders, The Fugitive, Hogan’s Heroes, The Twilight Zone, Batman, and Star Trek. Butler described his work in the 1970s on television movies (such as Columbo MOWs and James Dean) and feature films. He extensively described his groundbreaking work on the look of Hill Street Blues, for which he directed several of the initial episodes (including the pilot). He talked about his later work on such series as Remington Steele, Moonlighting (the telefilm pilot), Out on a Limb, Midnight Caller (which he also executive-produced), Sisters, and Lois & Clark. The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson on January 14, 2004.