Television Executive


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Andy Cohen on advice to aspiring television executives
01:22
Nina Tassler on her responsibilities and duties as President of CBS Entertainment and Chairman of CBS Entertainment
03:34
Barbara Corday on advice to aspiring television executives
01:19
Michael Eisner on advice to an aspiring television executive "get your ass in the door"
Tom Freston on his management style
02:25
Don Ohlmeyer on what it means to be a good Program Executive
02:15
Who talked about this profession

Chris Albrecht

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Chris Albrecht on how his experience managing a comedy club helped him later as a television executive
01:47
Chris Albrecht the process of programing shows as President of Original Programming at HBO
06:05
Chris Albrecht on advice to aspiring television executives
01:13

Dick Askin

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Dick Askin on his leadership style
03:39
Dick Askin on advice to aspiring television executives
03:18

Reza Badiyi

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Reza Badiyi on creating the iconic title sequence for The Mary Tyler Moore Show - he came up with her famous hat toss
02:21

Ralph M. Baruch

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Ralph M. Baruch on advice to aspiring television executives
01:07

Ted Bergmann

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Ted Bergmann on his rise and job titles at DuMont
05:14

William Clotworthy

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William Clotworthy on joining Standards & Practices at NBC
07:58

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on advice to aspiring television executives
01:22

Barbara Corday

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Barbara Corday on advice to aspiring television executives
01:19

Douglas S. Cramer

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Douglas S. Cramer on becoming Vice President in Charge of Production at Paramount
18:36
Douglas S. Cramer on his producing style and choosing the music composers for his shows
02:30

Dick Ebersol

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Dick Ebersol on hiring Brandon Tartikoff
09:45
Dick Ebersol on becoming President of NBC Sports and then naming himself Chairman 
01:05

Michael Eisner

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Michael Eisner on his theory of how to make an effective change in television programming and his impact in that field. "Take a job where you can't fall off the floor"
Michael Eisner realizing the need to be both commercially successfull and seriously responsible as a programming executive
Michael Eisner on advice to an aspiring television executive "get your ass in the door"

Jeff Fager

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Jeff Fager on becoming Chairman of CBS News in 2011 and changes he made to various CBS News shows
04:24
Jeff Fager on balancing his roles as Chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes and his proudest achievements as Chairman
04:19

Richard Frank

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Richard Frank on working with Michael Eisner on the Paramount Television Group and learning how to work with writers
04:14
Richard Frank on his philosophy as a television executive
09:22
Richard Frank on dealing with backstage gossip and controversy  
04:01
Richard Frank on his management style and the qualities he looks for in his team
03:36
Richard Frank on advice to aspiring executives
00:55

Tom Freston

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Tom Freston on his promotions at MTV - all the way up to President
00:43
Tom Freston on being one of 2 President of MTV Networks for a year
01:01
Tom Freston on Sumner Redstone hiring Frank Biondi and making Freston CEO of MTV Networks
02:02
Tom Freston on his management style
02:25
Tom Freston on running Paramount and CBS with Les Moonves; on the split of Viacom and becoming CEO of a public company; on getting fired by Redstone
05:36
Tom Freston on advice to aspiring television executives
00:46

Michael Fuchs

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Michael Fuchs on advice to aspiring executives
05:09

David Gerber

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David Gerber on his management style
05:55

Julian Goodman

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Julian Goodman on becoming VP of NBC News in 1961
00:36
Julian Goodman on serving as Sr. Executive Vice President and then President of NBC
03:31
Julian Goodman on how he became Chairman of NBC
03:08

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on his role at ABC upon his return to the company
02:42
Herb Granath on the birth of ESPN
17:53

Robert Halmi, Sr.

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Robert Halmi, Sr. on becoming Chairman when Hallmark bought RHI
01:53

Stanley Hubbard

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Stanley Hubbard on the key to his success
04:06
Stanley Hubbard on his most important business decisions and greatest personal accomplishments
01:59

Roger King

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Roger King on his desire to go into his father's business, and on his father's business philosophy
01:35
Roger King on the decision to take King World public
00:42
Roger King on creating and distributing The Roseanne Show starring Roseanne, and on how King World dealt with failure
04:59
Roger King on the King World merger with CBS/Viacom, and on working with Sumner M. Redstone to make the deal
05:00
Roger King on what was different about King World that led to its massive success, and on working with his brother Michael King
01:41
Roger King on what attracts him to a project, and on his working style
02:29
Roger King on advice to an aspiring television executive
00:34
Roger King on the business of television syndication
04:12

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on the importance of scheduling to programming a network
00:53
Perry Lafferty on the significant shows he programmed at CBS, including The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, M*A*S*H, All in the Family, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show
03:25
Perry Lafferty on the importance of made-for-television movies and miniseries on a network schedule
02:11
Perry Lafferty on the importance of a programming executive interacting with the creative community, and executives working with producers
04:11
Perry Lafferty on unusual pitches he heard as an executive
02:20
Perry Lafferty on casting being the most important element to a hit television series
01:45

Geraldine Laybourne

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Geraldine Laybourne on the early programming mandate to "program only to boys because girls will watch anything" while at Nickelodeon

Warren Littlefield

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Warren Littlefield on becoming President of NBC Entertainment
06:41
Warren Littlefield on advice to network programmers
01:30

James L. Loper

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James L. Loper on becoming a programmer at KCET and gauging viewership
04:24

Sam Lovullo

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Sam Lovullo on breaking down a show from a business affairs standpoint
05:20

Sig Mickelson

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Sig Mickelson on the duty of broadcast news to be objective, and on the public perception of broadcast news integrity
01:34
Sig Mickelson on journalists having a professional code of ethics
01:21

Leslie Moonves

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Leslie Moonves on what makes a good showrunner
02:49
Leslie Moonves on his philosophy of assembling a management team
05:02
Leslie Moonves on his role as CBS network president
03:04

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas Moore on the business aspects of The Mickey Mouse Club
04:19

Thomas Murphy

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Thomas Murphy on working with affiliates and dealing with talent at ABC
02:58
Thomas Murphy on the demographics of ABC dealing with programming
04:16
Thomas Murphy on his instincts regarding programming at ABC
04:00
Thomas Murphy on his personal success in business 
02:06

Don Ohlmeyer

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Don Ohlmeyer on what it means to be a good Program Executive
02:15

Bernie Oseransky

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Bernie Oseransky on being an Executive in charge of production; on what that job entails; on the difference between that and Production Executive
01:17
Bernie Oseransky on being an Executive in charge of production on Hill Street Blues; on the challenges of that show and working within a budget
00:53
Bernie Oseransky on the difference between a comedy series and a drama series from a production point of view; on a typical production workweek
02:03

Frederick S. Pierce

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Frederick S. Pierce on his managerial style and the importance of having the right executives
03:56
Frederick S. Pierce on his promotion philosophy
01:38
Frederick S. Pierce on advice to aspiring television executives 
06:03

Thomas W. Sarnoff

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Thomas W. Sarnoff on taking a stand about NBC handing show concepts to MCA, which would then be sold back to NBC
08:52
Thomas W. Sarnoff on his philosophy on ratings and network programming
01:13

Alfred Schneider

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Alfred Schneider on working in Standards & Practices at ABC
03:11
Alfred Schneider on the criticism he received over the course of his career and being the "conscience of the company"
01:19
Alfred Schneider on advice to aspiring Standards & Practices professionals
00:43
Alfred Schneider on advice to show creators in dealing with Standards & Practices professionals
00:32

Sid Sheinberg

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Sid Sheinberg on advice to aspiring television executives
04:08

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on program development
04:53
Fred Silverman on scheduling and counterprogramming
01:50
Fred Silverman on becoming President and CEO of NBC in 1978
02:02

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on becoming head of West Coast Daytime television for NBC
01:13
Herbert F. Solow the importance of an executive -in- charge, understanding the crew's various responsibilities
01:51
Herbert F. Solow on his proudest career achievement
02:05
Herbert F. Solow on advice he would give to an aspiring television executive
01:27

Frank Stanton

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Frank Stanton on his day-to-day duties as the President of CBS
03:09
Frank Stanton on the people who followed him as CBS President
02:30
Frank Stanton on the creative aspects of being an executive
01:42
Frank Stanton on his most important decisions at CBS, and on the then-future of broadcasting
04:25
Frank Stanton on how he feels looking back over his time at CBS, and his hopes for the then-future of the network
04:33

Brandon Stoddard

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Brandon Stoddard on his stint as President of ABC Entertainment 
06:08
Brandon Stoddard on his guiding philosophy of development
02:03
Brandon Stoddard on teaching development
02:34

Donald L. Taffner, Sr.

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Donald L. Taffner, Sr. on his management style
02:18
Donald L. Taffner, Sr. on negotiating a deal
01:51
Donald L. Taffner, Sr. on advice to aspiring television executives
02:22

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on becoming the Director of Program Practices at CBS Television City
04:26
William Tankersley on being promoted to Vice President of Program Practices at CBS, moving to New York, and dealing with advertisers
06:19

Nina Tassler

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Nina Tassler on her responsibilities as Vice President, Drama Development at Warner Bros. Television
02:10
Nina Tassler on her responsibilities and duties as President of CBS Entertainment and Chairman of CBS Entertainment
03:34
Nina Tassler on what she looks for when hearing a pitch for a television show
03:48
Nina Tassler on advice to aspiring television executives 
02:25

Grant Tinker

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Grant Tinker on leaving MTM to become Chairman of NBC
22:24

Dean Valentine

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Dean Valentine on the differences between working on the network side as a buyer, and on the studio side as a seller
07:27
Dean Valentine on his position and his responsibilities at NBC
06:13
Dean Valentine on his philosophy for family and children's programming
04:04
Dean Valentine on his frustrations as president of UPN, and on the Paramount/Viacom deal
02:33
Dean Valentine on programming ABC's TGIF Friday nights, and on Boy Meets World
04:36
Dean Valentine on advice to an aspiring television executive, and to a creator of programming
05:06

Susan Whiting

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Susan Whiting on her rise from working in sales to becoming CEO of Nielsen
02:03
Susan Whiting on a typical work week for her as Vice-Chairman of Nielsen; on how her role has evolved over the years
02:56
Susan Whiting on her management style
00:44
Susan Whiting on being a female executive in the media world
01:26
Susan Whiting on advice to aspiring Research Executives
01:21

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on his management style as Executive Producer at Today
03:11
Jeff Zucker on the job responsibilities of being the President of NBC Entertainment
01:10
Jeff Zucker on dealing with shows that fail, and knowing when to take a show off the air
01:10
Jeff Zucker on his management style as the CEO of NBC Universal Television Group
01:54
Jeff Zucker on advice to aspiring television producers and executives
00:20