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 - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
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 2 years
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 Lo...
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Today in History - Buffalo News
Google News - over 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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.
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  • 1999
    Age 61
    In 1999, Silverman was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1978
    Age 40
    Although Silverman's tenure at ABC was very successful, he left to become President and CEO of NBC in 1978.
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    ABC also abandoned wiping under Silverman's watch, ending the practice in 1978, shortly before his departure.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on September 13, 1937.
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