Network Creation


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Interviewees discuss the creative of television networks. 

Highlights
Herb Granath on the most important component of creating a new cable network
01:00
James L. Loper on the beginnings of the PBS Network of stations
02:32
Brian Lamb on his initial pitch for C-SPAN
03:28
Frank Stanton on the creation of CBS News
04:42
Kay Koplovitz on the creation of the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy)
04:49
Ted Turner on launching TNT
01:40
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Ralph M. Baruch

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Ralph M. Baruch on the creation of Showtime and MTV Networks
11:57

George Bodenheimer

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George Bodenheimer on ESPN's business model
02:04
George Bodenheimer on the culture of ESPN
01:03
George Bodenheimer on the reasoning behind launching ESPN2
06:52
George Bodenheimer on extending the ESPN brand with the radio network and ESPN.com
00:52

Marcy Carsey

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Marcy Carsey on investing in the Oxygen network
01:05

Stan Chambers

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Stan Chambers on the history and facilities of KTLA and some of the key people who were there at the beginning
14:14

Julia Child

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Julia Child on the advent of The Food Network and her "teaching" her audience
03:52

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on Barry Diller offering him the opportunity to be Vice President of Original Programming at the cable channel, TRIO
02:12

Doug Herzog with Emerson College

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Doug Herzog on helping to create Comedy Central's identity, and on the creation of The Daily Show
03:10
Doug Herzog on the evolving standards of Comedy Central, and on South Park and The Daily Show
04:17

James Day

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James Day on initial funding efforts of KQED
04:08

Roy E. Disney

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Roy E. Disney on the formative years of the Disney company
11:59

Jerry Falwell

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Jerry Falwell on his purchase of the Liberty Broadcasting Cable Network
03:18

Richard Frank

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Richard Frank on the failed Paramount Television Service
05:00

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson his deal with Edward J. Noble (head of Lifesavers) to purchase NBC's Blue network, which became ABC
05:48
Leonard Goldenson on convincing Paramount's board members to buy ABC
03:06
Leonard Goldenson on acquiring ESPN and starting A&E
02:09

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on the start of the Lifetime cable channel
04:57
Herb Granath on the growth of ESPN and the launch of ESPN 2
17:53
Herb Granath on the birth of The History Channel
03:59
Herb Granath on the birth and management of CBS cable
04:23
Herb Granath on the birth of ESPN
19:34
Herb Granath on the formation of Eurosport
07:29
Herb Granath on becoming Co-Chairman of the Hallmark Network
06:01
Herb Granath on the most important component of creating a new cable network
01:00

Donald Hall

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Donald Hall on the formation of Hallmark Entertainment and The Hallmark Channel
05:34

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on the set and costumes of Captain Video and His Video Rangers, and on the DuMont Television Network
02:52

Robert Johnson

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Robert Johnson on starting BET
03:39
Robert Johnson on John Malone's role in creating BET
02:51
Robert Johnson on the early business plan and promotional activity of BET
02:35
Robert Johnson on coming up with the name BET
01:36

Kay Koplovitz

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Kay Koplovitz on realizing in 1973 that cable television would offer opportunities and joining UA-Columbia
02:13
Kay Koplovitz on HBO's early years in the 1970s
02:56
Kay Koplovitz on launching Madison Square Garden Sports Network , the first basic cable network
09:00
Kay Koplovitz on changing the name of her network Madison Square Garden Sports Network to USA in 1979
03:12
Kay Koplovitz on the creation of the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy)
04:49

Brian Lamb

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Brian Lamb on the inception of C-SPAN
02:41
Brian Lamb on coming up with the idea for C-SPAN
08:37
Brian Lamb on his initial pitch for C-SPAN
03:28
Brian Lamb on putting C-SPAN together and the politics involved in C-SPAN's development
09:09
Brian Lamb on C-SPAN's first day of broadcast and early lack of programming
06:08
Brian Lamb on the creation of C-SPAN 2 and getting the Senate televised and C-SPAN 3
05:37

James L. Loper

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James L. Loper on getting public television station KCET on the air
03:59
James L. Loper on developing instructional television
03:48
James L. Loper on the beginnings of the PBS Network of stations
02:32
James L. Loper on PBS programming and the mission of PBS
03:33
James L. Loper on obstacles to creating PBS and dealing with Washington D.C.
03:11

Wink Martindale

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Wink Martindale on the advent of Game Show Network
02:20

Michael Moye

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Michael Moye on the pilot, initial testing, and network notes for Married...With Children
08:09
Michael Moye on Married...With Children 's place on the new FOX network
04:18
Michael Moye on FOX executives hating Married...With Children
02:41
Michael Moye on "the Rakolta incident" (so called because a woman named Terry Rakolta complained about content on Married...With Children) and FOX withholding fan mail; on subsequent problems with the network
14:01

Jeff Probst

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Jeff Probst on the FX cable channel
17:00

Ward Quaal

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Ward Quaal on WGN becoming a superstation
02:06

Lee Rich

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Lee Rich on the network creators: David Sarnoff (NBC), William S. Paley (CBS), and Leonard Goldenson (ABC)
02:00

Thomas W. Sarnoff

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Thomas W. Sarnoff on his father, NBC founder David Sarnoff
02:40
Thomas W. Sarnoff on the vision of his father, NBC founder David Sarnoff
01:03
Thomas W. Sarnoff on David Sarnoff's legacy
00:25

Chet Simmons

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Chet Simmons on leaving NBC Sports, and on the creation of ESPN
07:19
Chet Simmonson leaving NBC Sports for the newly created ESPN
03:41
Chet Simmons on ESPN founders Bill and Scott Rasmussen, and the other people at the network when it started
08:54
Chet Simmons on ESPN's early scheduling process
06:26
Chet Simmons on ESPN's early primetime schedule
06:16
Chet Simmons on the amount of live coverage ESPN did in their early years, and on the number of viewers and cable system at its launch
04:44
Chet Simmons on the first moments on the air at ESPN, and on the look and sponsors of the network at the time
05:40
Chet Simmons on ESPN's schedule when they first went on the air, and the demographics of the network and early success
03:22
Chet Simmons on ESPN's early offices, equipment, technology, and location
08:55
Chet Simmons on the growth of ESPN during his tenure
04:28

Frank Stanton

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Frank Stanton on CBS getting into television, and the CBS network coverage in the early days
03:44
Frank Stanton on the FCC issuing the original licenses to television stations around the country, and CBS' failed color system
05:57
Frank Stanton on where CBS stood in relation to NBC in the earliest days of television, and on eventually surpassing them with I Love Lucy
04:23
Frank Stanton on the creation of CBS News for television, and Edward R. Murrow's reluctance to do television
05:48
Frank Stanton on the design and construction of CBS Television City in Los Angeles
04:30
Frank Stanton on the design and construction of CBS Black Rock in New York City
05:51
Frank Stanton on the design and construction of CBS Black Rock
02:07
Frank Stanton on the design and creation of the CBS eye logo
04:17
Frank Stanton on what he feels is the lack of adequate maintenance of CBS Black Rock
07:22
Frank Stanton on what CBS Black Rock meant to CBS
03:12
Frank Stanton on the creation of CBS News
04:42
Frank Stanton on CBS News' initial roster of correspondents
05:22

Ted Turner

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Ted Turner on the birth of CNN
05:20
Ted Turner on the premiere and early budget for CNN
01:53
Ted Turner on the budgetary constraints on forming CNN
01:46
Ted Turner on network resistance to CNN; on his concept for and naming CNN
03:47
Ted Turner on creating CNN II (Headline News)
05:45
Ted Turner on launching TNT
01:40
Ted Turner on purchasing Hanna-Barbera's library and creating the Cartoon Network
01:59
Ted Turner on creating TCM, Turner Classic Movies
01:05

Bill Tush

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Bill Tush on an early TV Guide article about "Superstation" WTCG
02:19
Bill Tush on WTCG being beamed via satellite and becoming a "Superstation"
01:47
Bill Tush on the advent of CNN
04:23

Dean Valentine

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Dean Valentine on being named president and chief executive of UPN a year after it launched
06:40
Dean Valentine on the steps he took as president and chief executive officer of UPN to boost ratings, and on battling The WB
04:37

Tony Verna

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Tony Verna on working with ESPN and how they've changed sports broadcasting
02:16

Av Westin

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Av Westin on the Public Broadcasting Laboratory
06:56

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