William S. Paley


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Edie Adams

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Edie Adams on her thoughts on people with whom she's worked over the years - William S. Paley
00:13

James Arness

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James Arness on how TV executive William S. Paley was so fond of Gunsmoke he gave the actor his personal phone to contact him anytime he had a problem
01:08

Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco on being offered the presidency of CBS and meeting with William Paley in the late-1980s
05:41

Mili Lerner Bonsignori

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Mili Lerner Bonsignori on how William S. Paley loved Edward R. Murrow
04:07

Dann Cahn

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Editor Dann Cahn on not cutting The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour down and consulting with CBS executives
03:25

Joan Ganz Cooney

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Joan Ganz Cooney on William S. Paley, founder of CBS
01:11

Michael Dann

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Michael Dann on David Sarnoff's desire to sell color television sets and the importance of shooting variety shows in color; on William Paley adopting color
01:56
Michael Dann on CBS founder William S. Paley
00:38
Michael Dann on CBS' Frank Stanton and William Paley and the firing of Jim Aubrey
02:30
Michael Dann on William S. Paley's knack for television programming and his management style
04:26
Michael Dann on William S. Paley's thoughts on The Defenders
03:03

Louis Dorfsman

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Louis Dorfsman on dealing with the higher ups at CBS including Frank Stanton, William S. Paley, and James T. Aubrey and creating a book about football on CBS
09:33
Louis Dorfsman on his ad campaign capitalizing on Black Rock (CBS' headquarter building) and on that campaign being killed by William S. Paley
05:50
Louis Dorfsman on what CBS represented and how Frank Stanton and William S. Paley impacted the image of the network
05:15

Rod Erickson

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Rod Erickson on working with David Sarnoff at NBC and William S. Paley at CBS
01:56
Rod Erickson on various people he's worked with in his career: William S. Paley
01:03

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on William Paley's wife loving M*A*S*H
01:33

Irving Fein

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Irving Fein on CBS' William S. Paley wooing Jack Benny away from NBC
02:47
Irving Fein on William S. Paley purchasing Jack Benny's company
01:20
Irving Fein on William S. Paley's personality
02:17
Irving Fein on saying goodbye to Bill Paley on his final day at CBS
02:47

Norman Felton

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Norman Felton on working with Bill Paley
00:07

Imero Fiorentino

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Lighting Director Imero Fiorentino on lighting the 1960 Presidential debates starting with the second one, following the first debate wherein Richard Nixon looked badly, making the best improvements he could; also the issues he had lighting JFK due to RFK's interference
05:37

Sonny Fox

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Sonny Fox on William S. Paley and Frank Stanton insisting he host CBS game shows
01:31

John Frankenheimer

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John Frankenheimer on CBS' first color variety show
02:38

Chuck Fries

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Chuck Fries on various people he's worked with in his career: William S. Paley
00:14

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on the executive William S. Paley and his "great flair"
00:41

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson on his relationship with NBC's David Sarnoff and CBS' William Paley
01:11
Leonard Goldenson on a photo with CBS' William Paley and NBC's David Sarnoff
01:08

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on the birth and management of CBS cable
04:23

Paul Henning

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Paul Henning on believing that Bill Paley did not like The Beverly Hillbillies
00:53
Paul Henning on his thoughts on people with whom he's worked - William S. Paley
00:19

Don Hewitt

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Don Hewitt on William S. Paley
01:37

Eartha Kitt

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Eartha Kitt on appearing on the anthology series Omnibus
06:16

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on James T. Aubrey and William S. Paley
02:50

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury on hearing that Murder, She Wrote was CBS Chairman William S. Paley's favorite show
00:19

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on William S. Paley
03:03

Richard Lewis

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Richard Lewis on the character of "Mike Hammer" making the transition from radio to television on Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and on William S. Paley refusing to air the show
05:30
Richard Lewis on Charles Dubin and William S. Paley
00:41

Art Linkletter

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Art Linkletter on the cancellation of Art Linkletter's House Party by programmer Fred Silverman, and on his friendship with William S. Paley
02:47
Art Linkletter on Wiliam S. Paley
00:19

Martin Manulis

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Martin Manulis on working with William S. Paley
04:48

Sig Mickelson

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Sig Mickelson on working with William S. Paley and Frank Stanton at CBS News
01:26

Newton N. Minow

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Former FCC chair Newton Minow on serving on CBS' board (starting in 1983)
04:27

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on how Bill Paley was not pleased with the prank on the Murrow slide
02:22

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas W. Moore on the government attempting to require public service programming on the networks, and on William S. Paley and General David Sarnoff
08:22

Thomas Murphy

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Thomas Murphy on William S. Paley and Frank Stanton
00:34

Carroll O'Connor

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Carroll O'Connor on his theory as to why CBS Chairman William S. Paley never socialized with him
03:01

Dan Rather

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Dan Rather on William Paley selling CBS
05:43

Lee Rich

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Lee Rich on working with William S. Paley, Founder of CBS
00:21
Lee Rich on William S. Paley's involvement with the movie of the week, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story - the movie that inspired the series The Waltons
02:57
Lee Rich on the network creators: David Sarnoff (NBC), William S. Paley (CBS), and Leonard Goldenson (ABC)
02:00
Lee Rich on William S. Paley
00:08

Sherwood Schwartz

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Sherwood Schwartz on the difficulty of selling the concept of Gilligan's Island to CBS executives
11:23
Sherwood Schwartz on the cancellation of Gilligan's Island
11:01

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on the management style of CBS president, later board chair, William S. Paley including an anecdote about keeping Paley's favorite show, Gunsmoke, on the air
01:54

Howard K. Smith

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Howard K. Smith on meeting Bill Paley
00:45
Howard K. Smith on being fired from CBS by Bill Paley
00:35
Howard K. Smith on his thoughts on Bill Paley
00:49

Tom Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37

Dick Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
17:37

Sanford Socolow

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Sanford Socolow on attending Columbia University (thanks to a fellowship from William S. Paley and the CBS Foundation)
02:32
Sanford Socolow on Walter Cronkite's report on Watergate resulting in the White House launching an assault on William Paley and Frank Stanton
10:19

Frank Stanton

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Frank Stanton on his relationship with William S. Paley
07:37
Frank Stanton on his relationship with William S. Paley
08:49
Frank Stanton on William S. Paley's management style
02:38

Bob Stewart

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Bob Stewart on his work as an uncredited writer on Stand Up and Be Counted
01:21

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on William S. Paley's 1948 raid to bring NBC talent to CBS
02:12
William Tankersley on William S. Paley being reluctant to get into television
01:38
William Tankersley on Frank Stanton and William Paley's input on Program Practices at CBS Television City
02:57

Richard Thomas

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Richard Thomas on moving to Los Angeles to star in The Waltons, and on the show getting on the air due to William S. Paley
03:57

Grant Tinker

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Grant Tinker on CBS founder Bill Paley
00:46

Mike Wallace

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Mike Wallace on anchoring The CBS Morning News
03:14

Joseph Wershba

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Joseph Wershba on the historic See It Now broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy
28:27

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on being the first female executive at CBS and dealing with other executives like William S. Paley
05:59
Ethel Winant on Hubbell Robinson and William S. Paley
01:59

Perry Wolff

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Perry Wolff on being fired from CBS by William S. Paley 
01:29
Perry Wolff on working for William S. Paley 
03:40

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