"The world never has enough people who are passionate about ideas and passionate about supporting people with ideas. I think the demand is so great and the need is so great that many institutional equities are looking for talented people all the time. You need to prove to somebody that you're talented. The only way to do that is not to talk about it, not to make pitches, not to do all that crap that people are taught to do. Make things and put it up. Make stuff. That's the ultimate resume."
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Dean Valentine talks about his early years being born in Romania and growing up in New York City. He speaks about his work as a freelance journalist and his segue into television, initially at NBC, and then at Disney/Touchstone in development. He comments on the many television shows he oversaw including Home Improvement and Ellen. He then discusses his move to UPN, where he served as President and CEO. Valentine also describes the creation of the Archive of American Television, which was based on his own idea. Dan Pasternack conducted the interview in Santa Monica, CA on February 3, 2009.