Steve Binder

Creator/Producer/Director


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his two-hour Archive interview, Steve Binder talks about his early work at Los Angeles' KABC, and directing The Steve Allen Westinghouse Show in the early 60s. He discusses at length writing and directing his breakthrough rock documentary, The T.A.M.I. Show, which showcased such stars as The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, and James Brown. He also discusses many other programs he worked on including Hullabaloo, The Danny Kaye Show, Gilligan's Island, Diana Ross in Central Park and Lucy in London, a CBS special starring Lucille Ball. He talks at length about producing and directing NBC's Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special which relaunched Elvis Presley's career and set the bar for music specials. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview on March 4, 2004 in North Hollywood, CA.

"Good things happen when you stand up for things."

Highlights
Steve Binder on his greatest achievements
01:37
Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
04:46
Steve Binder on The T.A.M.I. Show
04:50
Steve Binder on producing and directing Jane Fonda's Complete Workout direct-to-video tapes
01:56
Steve Binder on his advice to aspiring directors
00:51
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and influences
On first seeing TV, his military service, and his work as a radio announcer and film narrator
03:35
On working at the Blue Danube Network in Austria as a radio announcer
03:43
On transitioning to television at ABC in the mailroom and then as Operations Director (OD) at KABC in Los Angeles
03:29
On getting his first directing job Hank Weaver, Chucko the Clown, Soupy Sales
07:22
On directing The Steve Allen Westinghouse Show
07:47

Chapter 2

On The T.A.M.I. Show and other theatrical film shows
11:03
Steve Binder on Shindig and Hullabaloo
03:36
On directing episodes of Gilligan's Island and working with Lucille Ball in Lucy in London
10:53
On producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
04:46

Chapter 3

On producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 2)
04:54
On co-producing and directiing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:49
On working on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert
02:36
On producing the variety show featuring mimes Shields and Yarnell
02:29
On producing and directing The Barry Manilow Special (1977)
04:44
On directing four Primetime Emmy Awards telecasts
02:20

Chapter 4

On producing the Emmy Awards telecast from 1984 to 1987
04:17
On producing Pee-Wee's Playhouse
06:04
On producing Jane Fonda's Complete Workout videos and The Chevy Chase Show
03:46
On directing Diana Ross in Central Park (1985) and VH1's Divas 2000
06:14
On how television has changed since he began in the business; on his producing and directing style; on some of the people he's worked with; how he would like to be remembered
07:37
Shows

Barry Manilow Specials

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Steve Binder on producing and directing 1977's The Barry Manilow Special
04:42

Chevy Chase Show, The

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Steve Binder on producing the short-lived The Chevy Chase Show
01:50

Diana Ross: Live in Central Park

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Steve Binder on directing Diana Ross in Central Park during a rainstorm
00:35
Steve Binder on directing Diana Ross in Central Park
04:02

Don Kirshner's Rock Concert

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Steve Binder on producing Don Kirshner's Rock Concert
02:36

Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special

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Steve Binder on producing and directiing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:51

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Steve Binder on producing the Primetime Emmy Awards for four years (1983-1987)
02:20
Steve Binder on producing the Primetime Emmy Awards in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987
01:22

Gilligan's Island

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Steve Binder on directing "Don't Bug The Mosquitoes" (1965) episode of Gilligan's Island
04:40

Hullabaloo

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Steve Binder on Shindig and Hullabaloo
03:34

Jazz Scene USA

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Steve Binder on directing the syndicated show Jazz Scene U.S.A.
01:30

Lucy in London

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Steve Binder on directing Lucy in London
05:56

Pee-Wee's Playhouse

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Steve Binder on producing Pee-Wee's Playhouse
05:50

Petula

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Steve Binder on producing Petula and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
04:48
Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 2)
04:54

Shields & Yarnell

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Steve Binder on producing Shields & Yarnell
02:29

Soupy Sales Show, The

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Steve Binder on directing The Soupy Sales Show  in L.A. before it went to network
02:06

Steve Allen Westinghouse Show, The

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Steve Binder on directing the Steve Allen Westinghouse Show
07:47

VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross

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Steve Binder on directing VH1's Divas 2000
02:10
Topics

Diversity in Television

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Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
04:49
Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 2)
04:54

Memorable Moments on Television

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Steve Binder on directing Diana Ross in Central Park (1985)
04:02

Minorities

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Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
04:49
Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 2)
04:54

Pop Culture

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Steve Binder on producing The T.A.M.I. Show
06:07
Steve Binder on Shindig and Hullabaloo
03:34
Steve Binder on producing and directing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:49

Rock 'n' Roll on TV (1950s & '60s)

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Steve Binder on producing The T.A.M.I. Show
06:07
Steve Binder on Shindig and Hullabaloo
03:34
Steve Binder on producing and directing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:49
Professions

Directors

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Steve Binder on his early directing style on the Steve Allen Westinghouse Show
03:34
Steve Binder on producing and directiing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:49
Steve Binder on his advice to aspiring directors
00:51
Genres

Late Night

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Steve Binder on watching early late night host Jerry Lester
00:51

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Steve Binder on Shindig and Hullabaloo
03:34
Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
04:49
Steve Binder on producing and directing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:49
Steve Binder on producing and directing 1977's The Barry Manilow Special
09:49
Steve Binder on directing Diana Ross in Central Park (1985)
04:02
People

Lucille Ball

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Steve Binder on directing Lucy in London
05:56

Bob Banner

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Steve Binder on Bob Banner (briefly)
00:09

Harry Belafonte

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Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
04:49
Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 2)
04:54

Chevy Chase

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Steve Binder on producing the short-lived The Chevy Chase Show
01:50

Petula Clark

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Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
04:49
Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 2)
04:54

Nat King Cole

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Steve Binder on The T.A.M.I. Show
04:50

Mac Davis

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Steve Binder on Mac Davis (briefly)
00:14

Bob Finkel

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Steve Binder on producing and directiing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:49

Jane Fonda

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Steve Binder on producing and directing Jane Fonda's Complete Workout direct-to-video tapes
01:56

Dwight Hemion

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Steve Binder on Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion
02:44

Michael Jackson

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Steve Binder on Michael Jackson (briefly)
00:14

Danny Kaye

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Steve Binder on Danny Kaye (briefly)
00:05

Sid Krofft

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Steve Binder on Sid and Marty Krofft
00:20

Burt Lancaster

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Steve Binder on The T.A.M.I. Show
04:50

Jerry Lester

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Steve Binder on watching early late night host Jerry Lester
00:51

Jerry Lewis

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Steve Binder on directing the Steve Allen Westinghouse Show where Jerry Lewis was a guest
03:11

Tina Louise

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Steve Binder on directing "Don't Bug The Mosquitoes" (1965) episode of Gilligan's Island
04:40

Barry Manilow

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Steve Binder on producing and directing 1977's The Barry Manilow Special
04:42

Olivia Newton-John

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Steve Binder on Olivia Newton-John (briefly)
00:11

Jack Paar

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Steve Binder on Jack Paar
00:15

Tom Parker

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Steve Binder on producing and directiing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:49

Elvis Presley

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Steve Binder on producing and directiing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:49

Paul Reubens

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Steve Binder on producing Pee-Wee's Playhouse
05:50

Diana Ross

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Steve Binder on directing Diana Ross in Central Park
04:02
Steve Binder on directing VH1's Divas 2000
02:10

Soupy Sales

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Steve Binder on Soupy Sales (briefly)
00:10

Gary Smith

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Steve Binder on Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion
02:44

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