William S. Paley


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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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

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

Steven Bochco

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

Mili Lerner Bonsignori

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

Dann Cahn

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

Joan Ganz Cooney

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

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
Michael Dann on CBS founder William S. Paley
Michael Dann on CBS' Frank Stanton and William Paley and the firing of Jim Aubrey
Michael Dann on William S. Paley's knack for television programming and his management style
Michael Dann on William S. Paley's thoughts on The Defenders

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
Louis Dorfsman on his ad campaign capitalizing on Black Rock (CBS' headquarter building) and on that campaign being killed by William S. Paley
Louis Dorfsman on what CBS represented and how Frank Stanton and William S. Paley impacted the image of the network

Rod Erickson

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

Jamie Farr

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

Irving Fein

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

Norman Felton

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Norman Felton on working with Bill Paley

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

Sonny Fox

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

John Frankenheimer

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John Frankenheimer on CBS' first color variety show

Chuck Fries

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

Larry Gelbart

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

Leonard H. Goldenson

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

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on the birth and management of CBS cable

Paul Henning

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

Don Hewitt

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Don Hewitt on William S. Paley

Herb Jellinek

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Herb Jellinek on William S. Paley

Eartha Kitt

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Eartha Kitt on appearing on the anthology series Omnibus

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on James T. Aubrey and William S. Paley

Angela Lansbury

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

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on William S. Paley

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
Richard Lewis on Charles Dubin and William S. Paley

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
Art Linkletter on Wiliam S. Paley

Martin Manulis

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Martin Manulis on working with William S. Paley

Sig Mickelson

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

Newton N. Minow

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

John Moffitt

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

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

Thomas Murphy

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Thomas Murphy on William S. Paley and Frank Stanton

Anne Nelson

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Anne Nelson on working at CBS Radio in the 1940s, and on William S. Paley raiding NBC's talent
Anne Nelson on William S. Paley

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

Dan Rather

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Dan Rather on William Paley selling CBS

Lee Rich

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Lee Rich on working with William S. Paley, Founder of CBS
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
Lee Rich on the network creators: David Sarnoff (NBC), William S. Paley (CBS), and Leonard Goldenson (ABC)
Lee Rich on William S. Paley

Daniel Schorr

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Daniel Schorr on doing a CBS documentary on East Germany, and on clashing with William S. Paley
Daniel Schorr on his contentious relationship with William S. Paley

Sherwood Schwartz

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

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

Howard K. Smith

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Howard K. Smith on meeting Bill Paley
Howard K. Smith on being fired from CBS by Bill Paley
Howard K. Smith on his thoughts on Bill Paley

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

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

Sanford Socolow

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

Frank Stanton

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Frank Stanton on his relationship with William S. Paley
Frank Stanton on his relationship with William S. Paley
Frank Stanton on William S. Paley's management style

Bob Stewart

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

William Tankersley

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

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

Grant Tinker

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Grant Tinker on CBS founder Bill Paley

Mike Wallace

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Mike Wallace on anchoring The CBS Morning News

Joseph Wershba

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Joseph Wershba on the historic See It Now broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy

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
Ethel Winant on Hubbell Robinson and William S. Paley

Perry Wolff

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Perry Wolff on being fired from CBS by William S. Paley 
Perry Wolff on working for William S. Paley 

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