"Learn the basics of how to put a show together and establish a level of taste for the kind of material you want to do. Meet as many other producers that you can because so they can help you, too. A lot of it has to do with the people you worked with before. That's the way I've gotten a lot of my jobs: having done a good job for these people, they wanted to hire me for something else."
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, producer Henry Colman (1923-2012) talks of his start in television as an assistant to the director on Kraft Television Theater. He discusses his work on other programs, including Robert Montgomery Presents and Colgate Comedy Hour, and describes how he then became a television executive, overseeing the pilot of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. He recalls joining the CBS development department, working on programs such as Green Acres and Hawaii Five-0, and details the development of The Love Boat, where he became line producer. Colman also speaks of producing the series Hotel and shares tales of being an interviewer himself for the Archive of American Television. Karen Herman conducted the interview on March 16, 2001.