Fred Silverman

Television Executive
Born Sep 13, 1937

Fred Silverman is an American television executive and producer. He worked as an executive at the CBS, ABC and NBC networks, and was responsible for bringing to television such programs as the series Scooby-Doo (1969–present), All in the Family (1971–1979), The Waltons (1972–1981), and Charlie's Angels (1976–1981), as well as the miniseries Roots (1977) and Shōgun (1980).… Read More

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    LATimes - Apr 23, 2016
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    Huffington Post - Dec 07, 2015
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Fred Silverman.


1937 Birth Born on September 13, 1937.


1963 25 Years Old His masters thesis analyzed ten years of ABC programming and was so good it got him hired as an executive at CBS at the age of 25 in 1963. … Read More


1970 32 Years Old In 1970, Silverman was promoted from vice-president of program planning and development to Vice President, Programs - heading the entire program department at CBS. … Read More
1971 33 Years Old To boost viewership in demographics that were believed to be more willing to respond to commercials, Silverman orchestrated the "rural purge" of 1971, which eventually eliminated many popular country-oriented shows, such as Green Acres, Mayberry R.F.D., Hee Haw and The Beverly Hillbillies from the CBS schedule. … Read More
1972 34 Years Old In other dayparts, Silverman also reintroduced game shows to the network's daytime lineups in 1972 after a four-year absence; among the shows Silverman introduced was an updated version of the 1950s game show The Price Is Right, which remains on the air more than four decades later. … Read More
1975 37 Years Old Ironically, he was named president of ABC Entertainment in 1975, putting him in the awkward position of saving Happy Days, the very show that Good Times had brought to the brink of cancellation. … Read More


1978 40 Years Old 1 More Event
…  ABC also abandoned wiping under Silverman's watch, ending the practice in 1978, shortly before his departure. … Read More
1979 41 Years Old Silverman also developed successful comedies such as Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, and Gimme a Break!, and made the series commitments that led to Cheers and St. Elsewhere. Silverman also pioneered entertainment reality programming with the 1979 launch of Real People. … Read More
1981 43 Years Old 1 More Event
On Saturday mornings, in a time when most of the cartoon output of the three networks were similar, Silverman oversaw the development of an animated series based on The Smurfs; the animated series The Smurfs ran from 1981 to 1989, well after Silverman's departure, making it one of his longest-lasting contributions to the network. … Read More


1995 57 Years Old In 1995, he was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of excellence and innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.


1999 61 Years Old In 1999, Silverman was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.
2000 62 Years Old During the game-show revival that followed the success of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Silverman resurrected 1950s game show Twenty One for NBC in 2000. … Read More
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