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The Brian McGrath Story Entwined With Viacom, Coca-Cola, Sports and Universal

James Brian McGrath (known as Brian to most) entered the television business in 1970, a year before the company he joined, a spinoff of CBS Syndication and CBS Cable, became (…)

By |November 13th, 2017|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments

Claude S. Perrier: The French Anchor to Jules Stein and Lew Wasserman’s MCA

“I’m old, you know,” said 87-year-old Claude Salle Perrier when explaining to VideoAge her difficulty in recounting some anecdotes of when she began working at MCA in 1953 in Paris.

To (…)

By |October 7th, 2017|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments

Bill Peck: A Serious Executive Who Inadvertently Brought Fun To TV Sales

This writer’s first real encounter with William (Bill) John Peck occurred at MIPCOM 1993, when Peck asked him to send his photographer to take photos at his “surprise” 50th birthday (…)

By |June 13th, 2017|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |6 Comments

“Banji” Uemura: Filling the East-West Gap With Humor, Good Show Biz and Flair

In 2012 the Japanese government awarded Banjiro Uemura the Order of the Rising Sun for his contribution to the development of Japan’s TV industry and international relations.

It took Uemura 51 (…)

By |May 20th, 2017|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments

Susan L. Bender: Welcoming New Challenges Wasn’t a Challenge

Susan Leigh Bender does things differently. First she entered show business from the “show” portion, as a nightclub singer to be exact. Later, she moved into the industry from the (…)

By |May 12th, 2017|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments

Carlos Barba Used His Midas Touch To Elevate The Business of Show To An Art Form

“When Carlos became president of Venevisión International in 1991, the first thing he told me [as the company’s sales executive] is still ingrained in my brain: ‘Remember, you’re in show (…)

By |March 24th, 2017|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |2 Comments

Herbert G. Kloiber Mixed Arts, TV Biz From An Early Age For a Vertically Integrated Group

It can be said that vertical integration in the U.S. television industry began in 1993 with the repeal of the so-called Fin-Syn rule, which was established in 1970.

In fact, 1970 (…)

By |January 10th, 2017|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments

Larry Gershman: Creating The Basis For Innovating U.S., Int’l TV Distribution

Among former U.S. studios’ TV distribution presidents, there were three executives who were larger than life, and Lawrence (Larry) Eugene Gershman is one. After almost 60 years in the TV (…)

By |November 9th, 2016|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments

Sandy Frank Never Pitched Someone Who Couldn’t Give Him An Order

“He was a showman at the highest level and the sales experience may have been more dramatic than the programs we purchased.” This quote from veteran TV executive Bill Baker (…)

By |October 6th, 2016|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |1 Comment

Colin Davis: One of Four Fathers of The “Output Deal”

In his 20 years with MCA and beyond, British-born Colin P. Davis saw the group, which was founded in 1924, go through a roller coaster of ownership changes.

It was first (…)

By |June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments