Producer/ Network Executive
About This Interview
William "Bill" Self (1921-2010) was interviewed for three hours in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Self started off discussing his early acting career in movies and friendship with Spencer Tracy that led to his extensive television producing career. He talked about his producing the series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, The Frank Sinatra Show and the pilot of The Twlight 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 on March 27, 2001.
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- William Self on working on the pilot of The Twilight Zone and how that came about
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- William Self on how M*A*S*H came about, getting it on the air
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- William Self on how Daniel Boone , with Fess Parker, came about
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- William Self on how Lost In Space almost didn't make it on the air
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