Abby Mann

Writer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his three-hour Archive interview, Abby Mann (1927-2008) discusses writing such teleplays as "A Child Is Waiting" (for <i>Studio One</i>) and "Judgement at Nuremberg" (for <i>Playhouse 90</i>). He also talks about the feature film adaptations of these teleplays and of writing the TV movie <i>The Marcus Nelson Murders </i> and the creation of the series <i>Kojak</i>. Mann talks in detail about 1970s projects, the series <i>Medical Story</i> and the miniseries <i>King.</i> He speaks about being a writer and executive producer of such TV movies as <i>The Atlanta Child Murders</i> and <i>Indictment: The McMartin Trials. </i> Throughout the interview, Mann expresses his lifelong passion to correct or spotlight injustices through the written word. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview on August 18, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA.

"The thing is, I strive for some kind of immortality. You watch all these things that are on and forgotten, but you try in your own little way to change the world."  

Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his formative years and his early writing for "live" television in the 1950s; on his teleplay "A Child Is Waiting" (for Studio One ).

Chapter 2

On the feature film "A Child Is Waiting" and his famed Playhouse 90 teleplay "Judgment at Nuremberg."

Chapter 3

On the feature film version of "Judgment at Nuremberg."

Chapter 4

On his writing of the television movie The Marcus Nelson Murders, and the creation of the subsequent series Kojak;  on two other 1970s projects, the series Medical Story and the miniseries King.

Chapter 5

On the miniseries King and the television movies The Atlanta Child Murders and Indictment: The McMartin Trials.

Chapter 6

On his later work including the television movie Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story; on his thoughts on the television industry, the Blacklist, then-current projects, advice to aspiring writers, and his legacy
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Atlanta Child Murders, The

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Abby Mann on writing the TV movie The Marcus Nelson Murders, which was the pilot movie for Kojak; on the development of Kojak
15:40

King

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Abby Mann on developing the TV movie King; on his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
10:51

Kojak

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Abby Mann on writing the TV movie The Marcus Nelson Murders, which was the pilot movie for Kojak; on the development of Kojak
15:40

Marcus-Nelson Murders, The

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Abby Mann on writing the TV movie The Marcus Nelson Murders, which was the pilot movie for Kojak; on the development of Kojak
15:40

Medical Story

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Abby Mann on creating the pilot movie for Medical Story
02:27
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Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Abby Mann on developing the TV movie King; on his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
10:51

Telly Savalas

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Abby Mann on writing the TV movie The Marcus Nelson Murders, which was the pilot movie for Kojak; on the development of Kojak
15:40

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