Media Consolidation


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss networks merging, buying each other, and being bought by corporations.

Highlights
Roy Disney on Disney's acquisition of ABC in the 1990s
Vivian Brown on NBC acquiring The Weather Channel
Tom Freston on Viacom taking over MTV
Roger King on the King World merger with CBS/Viacom, and on working with Sumner M. Redstone to make the deal
Nina Tassler on the merger of Lorimar Television and Warner Bros. Television and her concurrent move from Director, Movies and Miniseries to Vice President, Drama Development at the newly merged company
Grant Tinker on Jack Welch buying RCA
Who talked about this topic

Erik Barnouw

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Erik Barnouw on his feelings about media consolidation

Ralph M. Baruch

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Ralph M. Baruch on the buyout of CBS by Viacom

Bernie Brillstein

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Bernie Brillstein on the state of television and deal-making in 2002; on the business of show business

Vivian Brown

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Vivian Brown on NBC acquiring The Weather Channel

Jim Cantore

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Jim Cantore on NBC's acquisition of The Weather Channel

Glenn Gordon Caron

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Glenn Gordon Caron on plugging "Memoirs Of A Geisha" on Medium (and the plight of being created by the parent company of one network and airing on another network)

Leo Chaloukian

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Leo Chaloukian on his thoughts on media consolidation

Roy E. Disney

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Roy Disney on Disney's acquisition of ABC in the 1990s

Richard Frank

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Richard Frank on seeing the future of new media and vertical integration

Tom Freston

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Tom Freston on Viacom taking over MTV

Michael Fuchs

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Michael Fuchs on the merger of Warner Bros. and Time Inc.
Michael Fuchs on the effect of the Time Inc./Warner Bros. merger on HBO's programming

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson on acquiring ESPN and starting A&E
Leonard Goldenson on merging with Capital Cities
Leonard Goldenson on Disney acquiring ABC

Stanley Hubbard

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Stanley Hubbard on Hubbard Broadcasting acquiring television stations in the '50s
Stanley Hubbard on the then-current push toward deregulation in broadcasting

Herb Jellinek

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Herb Jellinek on the sale of ABC to Capital Cities in 1985, and on his retirement from ABC
Herb Jellinek on Leonard H. Goldenson's role at ABC after the sale to Capital Cities

Robert Johnson

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Robert Johnson on Viacom's acquisition of BET

Roger King

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Roger King on the King World merger with CBS/Viacom, and on working with Sumner M. Redstone to make the deal

Michael King

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Michael King on King World's merger with CBS/Viacom
Michael King on his role at King World after the CBS/Viacom merger

Ted Koppel

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Ted Koppel on media consolidation and its impact on the news

Richard Lewis

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Richard Lewis on Revue/MCA becoming Universal Televison

Warren Littlefield

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Warren Littlefield on General Electric acquiring NBC in 1986

Margaret Loesch

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Margaret Loesch on how media consolidation impacts children's programming

Leslie Moonves

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Leslie Moonves on his role as CBS network president
Leslie Moonves on the changing ownership of CBS over his tenure

Thomas Murphy

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Thomas Murphy on Capital Cities acquisition of ABC
Thomas Murphy on the early days of Capital Cities/ABC
Thomas Murphy on Capital Cities getting involved with cable
Thomas Murphy on the then-relationship between cable and broadcast outlets
Thomas Murphy on how Disney's acquisition of ABC came about
Thomas Murphy on how the deal with Disney to take over ABC was consummated 

Marty Pasetta

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Marty Pasetta on how television has changed due to technology and business

Frederick S. Pierce

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Frederick S. Pierce on network ownership of series and movies
Frederick S. Pierce on the formation of ABC Video and ABC's acquisition of ESPN and other cable networks
Frederick S. Pierce on Capital Cities buyout of ABC and leaving the network

Ward Quaal

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Ward Quaal on media consolidation

Sumner Redstone

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Sumner Redstone on the Paramount battle and Viacom becoming the number one software-driven media company in the world
Sumner Redstone on media consolidation

Lee Rich

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Lee Rich on the changing media landscape and consolidation

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on media consolidation

Sid Sheinberg

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Sid Sheinbergg on becoming President of MCA, and his view of deregulation and media consolidation 
Sid Sheinberg on NBC's acquisition of Universal 
Sid Sheinberg on media consolidation in the '80s
Sid Sheinberg on Matsushita's acquisition of MCA

Frank Stanton

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Frank Stanton on the impact of media consolidation on programming
Frank Stanton on the downside of media consolidation

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on how media consolidation has affected the industry

Nina Tassler

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Nina Tassler on the merger of Lorimar Television and Warner Bros. Television and her concurrent move from Director, Movies and Miniseries to Vice President, Drama Development at the newly merged company

Studs Terkel

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Studs Terkel on his opinion of television

Grant Tinker

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Grant Tinker on Jack Welch buying RCA

Ted Turner

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Ted Turner on acquiring MGM
Ted Turner on merging with Time Warner
Ted Turner on media consolidation and his thoughts on the future
Ted Turner on acquiring Castle Rock and New Line Entertainment
Ted Turner on the dangers of media consolidation

Dean Valentine

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Dean Valentine on the Disney/ABC merger, and on the main players including Michael Eisner and Tom Murphy

Av Westin

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Av Westin on the Capital Cities takeover of ABC

Lauren Zalaznick

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Lauren Zalaznick on being tapped by Jeff Zucker to lead the Bravo network in the wake of the NBC/Universal merger

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on the NBC-Universal merger

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