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Creating Television : Conversations With the People Behind 50 Years of American TV - Robert Kubey

Creating Television

Conversations With the People Behind 50 Years of American TV

Paperback Published: 13th December 2003
ISBN: 9780805810776
Number Of Pages: 528

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"Creating Television" brings television and its creators to life, presenting fascinating in-depth interviews with the creators of American TV. Having interviewed more than 100 television professionals over the course of his 15 years of research, Professor Robert Kubey presents here the 40 conversations that provide the most illuminating insights about the industry and the people working in it. These interviews bring television's creators to life, revealing their backgrounds, work, and thoughts about the audience and the television programs they create. Each interview tells a compelling tale of an individual's struggles and successes within a complex collaborative and highly commercial medium, offering readers rare insights on the human component in television's development.
Featured in this volume are actors, agents, writers, directors, producers, and executives, representing television's earliest days through to the present day. Spanning shows from "I Love Lucy" and "The Tonight Show" through to "Seinfeld, The Simpsons, " and "The Sopranos, " these creators share the stories of how they gained entry to the industry and built their careers, offering readers a rare opportunity to meet, up close, the people involved in creating many of the most famous and successful programs in the medium's history, and linking the creators' personal histories to the television programs they create.
With its unique insights on the people responsible for making television, this volume will be of interest to scholars and researchers in television history, sociology of culture, human creativity, television production, media studies, and mass media ethics. It will also be a popular reader for undergraduate and graduate students in courses addressing television, mass culture, media and society, American Studies, creativity, television history, and media ethics.

"Few tribes are as strange, or talented, as the people who make TV. Robert Kubey has penetrated the world behind the tube and coaxed candid, revealing interviews from a wide range of successful players. Anyone who wants to understand the reality of making television would be fortunate to have him as their Sherpa and this book as their field guide."

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Bringing Television Creators to Lifep. 1
Individual Creativity in a Collaborative Mediump. 9
The Pioneers: Creating the First Decadep. 23
Sid Caesarp. 27
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopfp. 33
Leonard Sternp. 41
Steve Allenp. 53
Fred deCordovap. 59
Agnes Nixonp. 69
David Levyp. 77
Grant Tinkerp. 91
Lee Richp. 101
Carroll Prattp. 113
Writer-Producers: Creating Breakthrough Televisionp. 121
Susan Harrisp. 125
Matt Groeningp. 137
Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitzp. 153
Larry Davidp. 165
Allan Burnsp. 173
A Different Kind of Writerp. 187
Arla Sorkin Mansonp. 189
T. S. Cookp. 203
Jean Rouverolp. 215
Bob Ellisonp. 227
A Different Kind of Producerp. 231
Gary Smithp. 233
Marty Pasettap. 245
Dave Bellp. 253
Bruce Sallanp. 265
Two Directorsp. 283
Jay Sandrichp. 285
Walter Graumanp. 297
The Actorsp. 307
Ed Asnerp. 311
Betty Whitep. 321
Henry Winklerp. 331
Jason Alexanderp. 341
Aida Turturrop. 359
Paul Petersenp. 373
The Agentsp. 395
Jeremy Zimmerp. 397
Bill Haberp. 409
Jay Bernsteinp. 415
Ray Solleyp. 427
A Different Kind of Executivep. 445
Frank Dawsonp. 447
Gerry Laybournep. 463
Chris Albrechtp. 475
Referencesp. 481
Photo Creditsp. 485
Indexp. 487
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ISBN: 9780805810776
ISBN-10: 0805810773
Series: Lea's Communication (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 13th December 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.25 x 17.83  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 1