Fred Silverman
American television executive
Fred Silverman
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).
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TV giant Fred Silverman changes channels on the Westside
LATimes - 10 months
Fred Silverman made an indelible mark on American television in the 1970s, programming such hits as "All in the Family," "The Waltons" and "Charlie's Angels." Now the TV producer and exec is making a change to his own lineup, listing his Westside compound for sale at $30 million. Set on more than...
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Television Executive Fred Silverman Lists L.A. Estate for $30 Million
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
The Brentwood property, which has a five-bedroom main house, guesthouse and pool house, has been Mr. Silverman’s primary home for over two decades.
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Almost Everyone Was Wrong About 'Hee Haw'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Hee Haw was a concept that nobody (including myself) thought would ever succeed. Some feared the proposed television program would set the burgeoning country music industry back 25 years. I had my trepidation, but had learned long before in this business that you say "yes" to everything, because most things never happen. My manager Jim Halsey and I agreed that doing the show wouldn't seriously damage my career. We assumed people would forget about it after its run of twelve episodes on CBS was over and hopefully also forgive me in the process. I'm happy to say that everyone was wrong--the TV and music executives, the television critics and me--everyone except for the American public. Nearly half a century later, Hee Haw continues to remain beloved and popular with its long-time fans and those who have discovered the program through reruns and DVD releases. Only last month, another new collection was released by Time/Life giving everyone a chance to see such legendary artists like Lor ...
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Today in History - Buffalo News
Google News - over 5 years
TV producer Fred Silverman is 74. Former White House spokesman Larry Speakes is 72. Actor Richard Kiel is 72. Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) is 70. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 67. Singer Peter Cetera is 67
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Pulling Strings in Hollywood: The Business of Making TV Movies - Reuters
Google News - over 5 years
Of course, the "accident" of David Wolper's "Roots" (with Fred Silverman running it each night "to get rid of it") changed the face of miniseries. NBC was all over the place, depending on who the movie chief was. During the Steve White add Deanne
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Man from Atlantis Complete Series/Complete TV Movies - Comicmix.com
Google News - over 5 years
NBC's Fred Silverman green lit the series, first as a number of telefilms, running four during the 1976-1977 television season and these are collected in the just-released two-disc Man from Atlantis: The Complete TV Movies Collection
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Release of "The Smurfs" brings back memories - Gainesville Sun
Google News - over 5 years
According to imdb.com, “the Smurfs came to be on television when then-NBC President Fred Silverman saw how much his daughter liked a Smurf doll she had been given.” In the current film, a handful of Smurfs — Papa, Clumsy, Brainy, Gutsy, Grouchy,
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NewsLook and blinkx in video news tie-up - ShareCast
Google News - over 5 years
"Through our partnership with blinkx, we're pleased to expand our premium video content offering to blinkx's extensive and news-hungry audience," NewsLook founder and chief executive Fred Silverman said
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Time to NBC Your Psychotherapist - Pajamas Media
Google News - over 5 years
Like this gem, circa-1980: The moves (and failures) of NBC under Fred Silverman's management generated a feeling of frustration and embarrassment among many of the network's employees; they were not as proud of the network as the “Proud” campaign
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Afternoon Delight, Indeed: Carolyn Hinsey's Hard-Hitting Soap Book Is Here - TV Guide
Google News - over 5 years
Fred Silverman thought it was too racy and said, "Cut it!" And so Irna quit! Back then, she and Agnes Nixon and Bill Bell had the power to do that. Now people are scared for their jobs, there are too many execs, it's all watered down and no one
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Merlin Media Appoints Walter Sabo as Chief Operating Officer - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Appointed to the position of Executive Vice President in charge of the FM Group by CEO Fred Silverman, Sabo became the youngest EVP in the history of NBC. Sabo received his BA from the Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Arts and
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Marin Community Foundation Awards $6M In Education Grants - KTVU San Francisco
Google News - over 5 years
The grants are made under the Foundation's five-year strategic initiative to close the educational achievement gap in Marin County, Foundation spokesman Fred Silverman said. The grant funding focused on the San Rafael, Novato Unified, Sausalito Marin
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Daytime Emmy wheel spins for Sajak, Trebek - Variety
Google News - over 5 years
Soon, Merv Griffin caught his work and tapped him to host "Wheel," much to the initial dismay of NBC's then-president Fred Silverman. "I don't think Fred had anything particularly against me," Sajak says. "His attitude was, 'We don't want to go with
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"Primetime Propaganda" Interview Clips Confirm Hollywood's Liberal Bias - The New American
Google News - over 5 years
According to Fred Silverman, former VP of Programs at CBS, former president, ABC Entertainment, and former president and CEO of NBC: "Right now there's only one perspective [in the entertainment industry] and it's a very progressive perspective
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Audio: More of what Hollywood really thinks about conservatives - Hot Air
Google News - over 5 years
Shapiro released two videos Tuesday, one featuring COPS creator John Langley saying he's partial to segments where white people are the criminals, and the other has Fred Silverman, the former head of ABC and later NBC, saying “there's only one
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Sesame Street is 'a propaganda tool for the Left' says top author - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Shapiro's interviewees for his book include MASH's Larry Gelbart, Fred Silverman, the former vice president of programming at CBS, Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of Friends, House creator David Shore and insiders at Happy Days
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Longtime film projectionist for WGN-TV, La Grange resident dies at 87 - TribLocal
Google News - over 5 years
(May 27, 2011) During the golden age of children's television programming in Chicago, when legendary producer Fred Silverman and performers Ray Rayner and Frazier Thomas kept children happy with Bozo the Clown and Garfield Goose, Joseph L. Mucek's job
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fred Silverman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2000
    Age 62
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A few years later, he returned to ABC in an advisory capacity.
  • 1999
    Age 61
    In 1999, Silverman was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 57
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 43
    In 1981, Silverman left NBC and formed The Fred Silverman Company (formerly Intermedia Entertainment) to produce shows to sell to television.
    More Details Hide Details The company would generate several hits including the Perry Mason TV movie series (1985–1994) Matlock (1986–1995), Jake and the Fatman (1987–1992), In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995), Father Dowling Mysteries (1987–1991), and Diagnosis: Murder (1993–2001). Most of these continue to run in syndication. Most of these series were co-produced with Dean Hargrove and Viacom Productions.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also oversaw a revival of The Flintstones. In other areas of NBC, Silverman revitalized the news division, which resulted in Today and NBC Nightly News achieving parity with their competition for the first time in years. He created a new FM Radio Division, with competitive full-service stations in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington. During his NBC tenure, Silverman also brought in an entirely new divisional and corporate management, a team that stayed in place long after Silverman's departure. (Among this group was a new Entertainment President, Brandon Tartikoff, who would help get NBC back on top by 1985.) Silverman also reintroduced the peacock as NBC's corporate logo.
  • 1979
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His contributions to the network's game show output included Goodson-Todman's Card Sharks and a revival of Password, both of which enjoyed great success in the morning schedule, although he also canceled several other relatively popular series, including The Hollywood Squares and High Rollers, to make way for The David Letterman Show (those cancellations also threatened Wheel of Fortune, whose host, Chuck Woolery, departed the show in a payment dispute during Silverman's tenure, although the show survived). Silverman also oversaw the hiring of Pat Sajak as the new host of Wheel of Fortune, a position Sajak holds to this day, although Silverman himself objected to Sajak's hiring.
  • 1978
    Age 40
    Although Silverman's tenure at ABC was very successful, he left to become President and CEO of NBC in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details His three-year tenure at the network proved to be a difficult period, marked by several high-profile failures such as the sitcom Hello, Larry, the variety shows The Big Show and Pink Lady, the drama Supertrain, and the Jean Doumanian era of Saturday Night Live. (Silverman hired Doumanian after Al Franken, the planned successor for outgoing Lorne Michaels, castigated Silverman's failures on-air in a way that Silverman took very personally.) Despite these failures, there were high points in Silverman's tenure at NBC, including the launch of the critically lauded Hill Street Blues (1981), the epic mini-series Shōgun, and The David Letterman Show (daytime, 1980), which would lead to Letterman's successful late night program in 1982. Silverman had Letterman in a holding deal after the morning show which kept the unemployed Letterman from going to another network. However, Silverman nearly lost his then-current late night host, market leader Johnny Carson, after Carson sued NBC in a contract dispute; the case was settled out of court and Carson remained with NBC in exchange for the rights to his show and a reduction in time on air.
    ABC also abandoned wiping under Silverman's watch, ending the practice in 1978, shortly before his departure.
    More Details Hide Details During Silverman's time at ABC, he overhauled the network's Saturday-morning cartoon output, dumping Filmation (which had produced the failed Uncle Croc's Block) and replacing it with content from Hanna-Barbera, including a continuation of Scooby-Doo.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Silverman succeeded in bringing Happy Days to the top of the ratings and generating a hit spin-off from that show, Laverne & Shirley. At ABC, Silverman also greenlit other popular shows such as The Bionic Woman (a Six Million Dollar Man spin-off), Family, Charlie's Angels, Donny & Marie, Three's Company, Eight Is Enough, The Love Boat, Soap, Fantasy Island, Good Morning America, long form pioneer Rich Man, Poor Man and the award-winning mini-series, Roots. These moves brought ABC's long-dormant ratings from third place to first place. However, Silverman was criticized during this period for relying heavily on escapist fare (it was Silverman who conceived the infamous The Brady Bunch Hour with Sid and Marty Krofft in late 1976) and for bringing T&A or "jiggle TV" to the small screen with numerous ABC shows featuring buxom, attractive, and often scantily-clad young women (such as the popular Battle of the Network Stars).
  • 1972
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After the success of The Price Is Right, Silverman had established a working relationship with Mark Goodson and Bill Todman in which most of their game shows would appear on CBS, including a revival of Match Game. Under Silverman's tenure, CBS also ended the practice of wiping and saved as much of their recorded content as possible, while other networks recycled tapes constantly to save money. On Saturday mornings, Silverman commissioned Hanna-Barbera to produce the series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, and the character Fred Jones is named after Silverman. The success of Scooby-Doo led to several other Hanna-Barbera series airing on CBS in the early 1970s.
  • 1971
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In their place, however, came a new wave of classics aimed at the upscale baby boomer generation, such as All in the Family, Mary Tyler Moore, M*A*S*H, The Waltons, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Kojak and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Silverman had an uncanny ability to spot burgeoning hit material, especially in the form of spin-offs, new TV series developed with characters that appeared on an existing series. For example, he spun off Maude and The Jeffersons from All in the Family, and Rhoda from Mary Tyler Moore (as well as The Bob Newhart Show from MTM's writers). In early 1974, Silverman ordered a Maude spin-off titled Good Times; that show's success led Silverman to schedule it against ABC's new hit, Happy Days, the following fall.
  • 1970
    Age 32
    In 1970, Silverman was promoted from vice-president of program planning and development to Vice President, Programs - heading the entire program department at CBS.
    More Details Hide Details Silverman was brought in to bring a change in perspective for the network, as it had just forced out the previous man in that position, Michael Dann; Dann's philosophy was to draw as many viewers as possible without regard to key demographics, which the network found to be unacceptable, as advertisers were becoming more specific about what kind of audience they were looking for.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1963
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details There, he took over responsibility for all daytime network programming and later, took charge of all of entertainment programming, day and night. Silverman married his assistant, Cathy Kihn, and they had a daughter, Melissa, and son, William.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on September 13, 1937.
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