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Richard Milnes’ Story Is Full of Intrigue, Name Changes, and California Dreamin’

To paraphrase Dante’s Divine Comedy, “in the midway” of his career in the television content distribution business, Richard Christopher Milnes found himself in a “gloomy wood” of intrigue and secrecy. (…)

By |January 15th, 2019|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments

Rosario Ponzio: Beating the Drums in Italy While Beating the Odds in L.A.

Rosario Ponzio epitomizes the golden era of Italian television — the period between 1979 and 1989 when Silvio Berlusconi’s private TV channels dominated the Italian and international markets and when (…)

By |October 7th, 2018|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments

Anthony D. Friscia: The “Ultimate” Studio Warrior

Tony Friscia is the “father” of the “ultimates,” a tool to guide content sales for the U.S. studios. His contribution was making the distribution business into… a business. Throughout his (…)

By |May 7th, 2018|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments

Alice Donenfeld: Film, TV Cartoon Buyers Were Her Superheroes

Marvel and DC Comics have something in common: superhero Alice Donenfeld. She first became familiar with the comics world through her husband, Irwin, who was the son of DC Comics (…)

By |March 28th, 2018|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |1 Comment

Pedro Simoncini: A Broadcasting Pioneer Who Loved Distributing Educational TV Program

Pedro Simoncini has been involved with Canal 11 in Buenos Aires since 1957. He developed it into Telefe in 1989.

His story is rich in drama (military takeovers), financial intrigue (making (…)

By |January 9th, 2018|Categories: Hall Of Fame|Tags: |0 Comments

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: |7 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