Cops


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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John Langley

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John Langley on how his concept for Cops led to the 1986 TV documentary special American Vice: The Doping of a Nation
01:04
John Langley on the concept of Cops and shopping it to the networks (ending up at FOX)
02:42
John Langley on the process of selling the idea of Cops to development executive Stephen Chao and CEO Barry Diller
03:13
John Langley on the rawness of the Cops pilot that he delivered to FOX executives (and how Rupert Murdoch appeared at the meeting where it was presented)
02:38
John Langley on what makes Cops compelling to the average viewer
01:51
John Langley on bringing FOX development executive Stephen Chao to the filming of an arrest while shooting Cops
01:50
John Langley on what made Cops different stylistically for TV (and comparing it to the work of documentarian Frederick Wiseman)
01:51
John Langley on the action/feeling/thought three act structure of a Cops episode
04:21
John Langley on the shooting ratio for Cops
02:11
John Langley on getting in the door at police departments when he first started Cops
02:14
John Langley on police departments who haven't participated in Cops, and the benefits to the ones that do
02:03
John Langley on getting approval of segments from police departments, and the reasons why some are not approved
01:58
John Langley on the footage shown on Cops as the "truth" but only a "version" of reality
01:40
John Langley on the kinds of changes he's seen in police departments over the years producing Cops (and the change in his own perception of public service officials)
02:21
John Langley on the general acceptance of police departments and individual officers in being filmed for Cops
01:32
John Langley on having had filmed with officers on Cops who later were killed in the line of duty, a reality of making the show
00:40
John Langley on the point-of-view of deciding the guilt versus innocence of suspects for viewers of Cops
01:57
John Langley on how it became easier to get a release signed on Cops, after the show became a hit
01:09
John Langley on comparing Cops to game-based-type reality shows
01:32
John Langley on the savvy of the crews of Cops
02:22
John Langley on the criticism of Cops as exploitation
01:37
John Langley on working to reverse negative stereotyping of people of color as criminal suspects (and hitting their demo) on Cops, by going against the grain of actual percentages
02:12
John Langley on how infrequently Cops footage is subpoenaed
00:38
John Langley on the Cops theme song
01:23
John Langley on references to Cops in feature films
00:49
John Langley on why he thinks Cops has remained popular
01:29
John Langley on how he's continually surprised by the footage he sees producing Cops
01:14
John Langley on his core team on Cops, including Douglas Waterman, his son Morgan Langley, and original partner Malcolm Barbour
03:10
John Langley on the series Street Patrol, as an extension of Cops
00:41
John Langley on the influence of Cops
00:57
John Langley on finding the right moment to get a release signed with filmed subjects of Cops
01:18
John Langley on times when Cops crew members had to help police officers in the line of duty
01:25

Bertram Van Munster

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Bertram Van Munster on working on Cops as a field producer with producer John Langley
08:04

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