Charles Cappleman

Executive


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Television executive Charles "Cappy" Cappleman discusses his tenure at the NBC Summer Radio-TV Institute at Northwestern University, and his interaction with Chicago television greats including Dave Garroway, Bob Banner and the cast of Kukla, Fran and Ollie. He recalls his early years at CBS in the mid-1950's, working as a Floor Manager on programs including The Judy Garland Show, The Red Skelton Show and Climax! Next, he talks about becoming  Manager of Stage Operations, and his involvement on programs such as Playhouse 90, Studio One, Person to Person and The Ed Sullivan Show. He also touches on his work with the production electronics department, and his promotion to Director of Program Production Services, where he worked with such programs as The Carol Burnett Show and All in the Family. Finally, he discusses his role as the General Manager of Television City. Conducted December 13, 2000 by Sam Denoff.

"If you simply say to a person, 'here's what I expect of you,' and leave him the hell alone, they'll probably give you a much better job than you could have dreamed of if you'd have written very tight specifications -- because that's what they do for a living."

Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early interest in radio, his tenure at the NBC Summer Radio-TV Institute at Northwestern University, and his interaction there with Chicago television greats including Dave Garroway, Bob Banner and the cast of Kukla, Fran and Ollie.

Chapter 2

On his tenure at the NBC Summer Radio-TV Institute at Northwestern University, and his interaction there with Chicago television greats including Studs Terkel and the cast of Kukla, Fran and Ollie. He also talks about his service in the armed forces, and how he came to work for CBS in the mid-1950s.

Chapter 3

On his early years at CBS in the mid-1950's, working as a stage manager at CBS on programs including Climax!, Playhouse 90, and Meet Millie. He also talks about some of the notable figures he worked on those early series.

Chapter 4

On being promoted to Manager of Stage Operations at CBS in the mid-1950s, and his involvement in that capacity on programs such as Playhouse 90, Studio One, Person to Person and The Ed Sullivan Show.

Chapter 5

On the production electronics department at CBS in the 1960s (and some of the technical innovations in television at that time), and later his promotions to Director of Special Projects at CBS' Television City and then Director of Program Production Services, where he worked with such programs as The Carol Burnett Show.

Chapter 6

On his position as General Manager of CBS' Television City, and the technical changes that have been made to the facility through the years. He also talks about some of the notable CBS executives, including William Paley, Frank Stanton, and Laurence Tisch.

Chapter 7

On CBS Television City; on working with CBS network executives

Chapter 8

On the changes that have taken place at CBS through the years as the network has changed ownership. He also discusses the various technical changes that have been made to the facility through the years, and mentions some of the recent shows that have called Television City home.

Chapter 9

On some of the notable entertainment figures with whom he has worked during his career.

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