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May 7, 1989
I am sure that many movie lovers in Los Angeles are angry and more than a little sad that after 15 years the Z Channel will be no more, replaced by an all-sports channel on June 1. Under its late program director, Jerry Harvey, the Z Channel became the best and most innovative cable service in the country. With its Hollywood movies, foreign films and uncut showings of such films as "Heaven's Gate," "Once Upon a Time in America" and "Touch of Evil," the Z Channel became the envy of most of the other cable systems.
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June 19, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor, Times Staff Writer
In the early '80s, Quentin Tarantino was a video store clerk with a passion for movies and a clientele that traded in impossible-to-find foreign and classic films. When Tarantino found out his customers had recorded them off of the Z Channel, he started a petition drive to get his local cable company to carry the defiantly idiosyncratic channel. Another Z fanatic was born.
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June 25, 1989 | PEGGY ZIEGLER, Peggy Ziegler is a free - lance writer and a contributing editor to the trade magazine Cable World. and
When Henry Fonda rides off into the sunset at the end of "My Darlin' Clementine" on Z Channel Thursday night, he'll be taking a piece of Los Angeles TV history with him. The eclectic Z Channel, programmed for film lovers of all stripes, is being shuttered in favor of an all-sports service from the new owners, New York-based Cablevision Systems Corp. and NBC. The John Ford film, Z's last telecast as Z Channel, is a sentimental farewell: The film was a favorite of Jerry Harvey, the passionate but troubled programmer who was the driving force behind Z. The switch to SportsChannel Los Angeles is the final sad passage in what has been a tragic 15 months for Los Angeles' beloved home-grown pay service.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 1989
With reference to the June 25 article "The Death of Z Channel--What Now?," I was sorry to read no mention of the birth of the Z Channel. Perhaps some readers might be interested in how it all came about. The Z Channel was the brainchild of myself, the first (1974-76) programmer; General John Atwood, president of Theta Cable, and George Storer Jr., a Theta Cable executive. Incidentally, the name, Z Channel, was thought up by Hal Kaufman, who headed the advertising agency Theta used, and who replaced me as programming head when I went to 20th Century Fox. Kaufman hired Jerry Harvey as his assistant, and when he became ill, Harvey took over.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 1989
With reference to the June 25 article "The Death of Z Channel--What Now?," I was sorry to read no mention of the birth of the Z Channel. Perhaps some readers might be interested in how it all came about. The Z Channel was the brainchild of myself, the first (1974-76) programmer; General John Atwood, president of Theta Cable, and George Storer Jr., a Theta Cable executive. Incidentally, the name, Z Channel, was thought up by Hal Kaufman, who headed the advertising agency Theta used, and who replaced me as programming head when I went to 20th Century Fox. Kaufman hired Jerry Harvey as his assistant, and when he became ill, Harvey took over.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor, Times Staff Writer
In the early '80s, Quentin Tarantino was a video store clerk with a passion for movies and a clientele that traded in impossible-to-find foreign and classic films. When Tarantino found out his customers had recorded them off of the Z Channel, he started a petition drive to get his local cable company to carry the defiantly idiosyncratic channel. Another Z fanatic was born.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1987
Jerry Harvey has been promoted to vice president in charge of all programming at Z Channel, Los Angeles. Previously he was programming director of the cable-TV channel.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1989
I am sick of reading about the idolization of the Z Channel's Jerry Harvey ("The Death of Z Channel--What Now?" by Peggy Ziegler, June 25). He has been called many things: a visionary; passionate; troubled; a film savant. Never once has he been called murderer, which is what he was. He murdered his wife before he took his own life. Doesn't her life count for something? K. JENKINS Reseda
BUSINESS
September 9, 1987 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, Times Staff Writer
Z Channel, the eclectic local pay-TV programming service that has waged a money-losing battle with more conventional giants such as HBO and Movie Channel, has been sold for an undisclosed amount to a small Seattle-area cable company that vowed Z's quirky style of programming will continue, company officials said Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2004 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
"You don't know you're living in a golden age when you're in it," declares filmmaker Alexander Payne in the documentary "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1989 | PEGGY ZIEGLER, Peggy Ziegler is a free - lance writer and a contributing editor to the trade magazine Cable World. and
When Henry Fonda rides off into the sunset at the end of "My Darlin' Clementine" on Z Channel Thursday night, he'll be taking a piece of Los Angeles TV history with him. The eclectic Z Channel, programmed for film lovers of all stripes, is being shuttered in favor of an all-sports service from the new owners, New York-based Cablevision Systems Corp. and NBC. The John Ford film, Z's last telecast as Z Channel, is a sentimental farewell: The film was a favorite of Jerry Harvey, the passionate but troubled programmer who was the driving force behind Z. The switch to SportsChannel Los Angeles is the final sad passage in what has been a tragic 15 months for Los Angeles' beloved home-grown pay service.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1989
I am sure that many movie lovers in Los Angeles are angry and more than a little sad that after 15 years the Z Channel will be no more, replaced by an all-sports channel on June 1. Under its late program director, Jerry Harvey, the Z Channel became the best and most innovative cable service in the country. With its Hollywood movies, foreign films and uncut showings of such films as "Heaven's Gate," "Once Upon a Time in America" and "Touch of Evil," the Z Channel became the envy of most of the other cable systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
Rescuing a Thousand Oaks family from drowning is becoming second nature for a Ventura County sheriff's deputy. Twice in six months, Deputy Stan Duitsman has helped save the same family's children from drowning in back-yard swimming pools, Ventura County sheriff's officials said Saturday. The latest rescue occurred late Friday afternoon, when Duitsman helped resuscitate 11-month-old Joshua Pierce, who toppled into a pool behind his baby-sitter's house.
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July 15, 1999
Theater Radio City Entertainment's musical stage production of "The Wizard of Oz," starring Mickey Rooney and Jo Anne Worley, closes Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Today, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 and 4 p.m. $29.50 to $49.50. (213) 365-3500 and (714) 740-7878.
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