"I think that really television is about being universal. And there's absolutely no point in doing things that appeal to a small number or are understood by a small number of people, because there's so much easier ways to reach them."
About This Interview
In his four-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Nicolas Noxon (1936-2016) speaks of his early interest in nature and studying at Antioch College. He details his time as a writer-producer for Wolper Productions, producing the documentary series Biography, Hollywood and the Stars, and Men in Crisis. He discusses his long association with the National Geographic Specials, beginning with the documentaries "The Voyage of the Brigantine Yankee" and "Dr. Leakey and the Dawn of Man." Noxon talks about his work as a writer-producer for MGM Studios, producing the GE Monogram series and other documentaries. He also touches on his work at his own company, Ronox Productions and on the series Ripley's Believe it or Not, hosted by Jack Palance and Marie Osmond. He details his continued work on the National Geographic Specials, which yielded the documentaries "Treasure!" "The Great Whales," "The Sharks," and "Secrets of the Titanic." He concludes by discussing the then-future of television, advice to aspiring documentarians, and his proudest career achievements. Kathy Levitt conducted the interview on October 5, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA.