February 3, 1991
In 1955, Goldenson found another prime-time prospect on ABC's Los Angeles affiliate, KABC-TV. Lawrence Welk, another of our early shows, was phenomenally successful in a way that has never been duplicated. He and his band established themselves performing live at the LaMonica Ball Room in Santa Monica. Our Los Angeles station, KABC-TV, put him on the air locally at 9 Saturday night. In the summer of 1955 we picked this up for the network.
February 3, 1991 |
I n this excerpt from his forthcoming book "Beating the Odds," Leonard J. Goldenson describes what happened immediately after he merged his company, United Paramount Theatres, with the American Broadcasting Co. in 1953. The struggling ABC network "had no hit shows, no stars and nothing in prospect but struggle," he writes. ABC was deeply in debt and had only 14 affiliates compared to CBS' 74 and NBC's 71. The network ran no programming until 6 p.m.
February 3, 1991 |
At 85, Leonard Goldenson, the man who built ABC into a major television force, has a smile and a twinkle in his eye as he sits down at a restaurant table at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey. "In this business, you've gotta shoot craps," he says with youthful enthusiasm as he decries programming for "old fogies." ABC's programming must continue to focus on the 18-to-49-year-old audience, he says. "I'm an old man. I'm no longer our audience."
March 14, 2000 |
In the last couple of weeks, the full-color extravaganza regularly playing inside my head (usually it's a Warner Bros. cartoon followed by "Spartacus") has turned into a Martin Scorsese production, rapidly cutting back and forth between two disparate sets of images.
February 10, 1991 |
Leonard Goldenson, for 32 years the chairman of ABC, got into the broadcasting game more than two decades after the rulers of CBS and NBC, William Paley and David Sarnoff, did. With "Beating the Odds," Goldenson, now 85, has once again brought up the rear with an authorized life story. But in an effort to set himself apart, Goldenson has produced a curiously bland hybrid: part memoir, part Festschrift, part corporate history.
March 28, 2000
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Seminars Committee will host "Is There a Dot Com in Your Future?" The April 6 panel discussion will feature new-media and broadcast executives discussing career options in today's entertainment environment. The panel, scheduled for 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., will take place at the academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, 5230 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Admission is $15. Information: (818) 754-2890.