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October 25, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN
Act III Communications has contracted with the New York investment bank Veronis, Suhler & Associates to find a buyer for Act III Publishing, according to industry sources. Act III Publishing, which owns 10 trade magazines, two newsletters and three directories, is losing millions of dollars annually, according to publishing industry executives. The trade magazines are principally in the television and communications field, and titles include Channels, Marketing & Media Decisions, and Mix.
January 16, 1988
This letter is in reference to NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff's remarks regarding the "new" dramedies ("Don't Write Off the Future of the Dramedies Just Yet" by Howard Rosenberg, Jan. 11). First, just because a new word has been invented, and no laugh track has been used, that doesn't imply that this type of programming hasn't been used before. Take any Norman Lear show ("All in the Family," "Maude," etc.). Now go back a ways to "The Honeymooners," "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and especially "The Mary Tyler-Moore Show."
December 2, 2013 | By Susan King
Producer Norman Lear had turned the family sitcom on its head in 1971 with his groundbreaking CBS comedy series "All in the Family. " Five years later, he revolutionized the soap opera with his weeknight satire "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," starring Louise Lasser as a suburban housewife living in the fictional town of Fernwood, Ohio, obsessed with Reader's Digest and consumerism. In fact, in the series' first episode, Mary's more concerned about the waxy yellow buildup on her kitchen floor than an entire family - plus their goats and chickens - having been murdered in her neighborhood.
November 11, 1992 | DAVID J. FOX
Portland, Ore.-based Act III Theaters will not show "Malcolm X," director Spike Lee's movie about the slain African-American leader, during its opening weeks at a complex that is closest to Portland's center of black population. But Act III, owned by producer Norman Lear's Act III Communications, appears to be the only major city theater circuit in the nation to take this kind of action in booking the movie.
July 30, 2008 | Tina Daunt
IF ANYONE could bridge the gap between the golden age of television comedy and today's reality shows, it's probably Norman Lear. But who would have thought that he could get young Americans dancing to the polls? That's exactly what happened last week when producer Nigel Lythgoe, a judge on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," urged viewers to visit Lear's website, where they could register to vote in this November's presidential election.
January 30, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
As a top television comedy director who won an Emmy directing "The Dick Van Dyke Show"in the early 1960s, John Rich was faced with a tough choice in 1970. On the same day he received a phone call from Mary Tyler Moore wanting to set up a meeting to discuss his directing the initial episode of her new TV series, he got a call from Norman Lear who wanted to send him a script for a pilot he was about to produce. Rich was impressed with both scripts, but he was shocked by the "unusually explicit language" he found in Lear's offering.
Norman Lear was sitting in his expansive, but comfortable Hollywood office reflecting upon more simpler times. "I think everything was easier 20 years ago," Lear, 68, said with a small smile. "Despite George Bush, it was a gentler time. Everything today is about speed and money. No one has time to deal with anything other than how fast they can get something done and how cheap they can get it done. It's a much more difficult atmosphere in which to do anything."
If not a youth movement, it was at least a movement toward youth Monday night when the People for the American Way gave its Spirit of Liberty Awards to Kathleen Turner and Don Henley at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. In the past, honorees have been older figures--Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers and Barbara Jordan among them. By presenting the award to members of a younger generation, founder Norman Lear hoped to "face the challenge of having more young people involved.
Just in time for its 225th birthday, the document that led to the United States' creation is hitting the road for a nationwide tour aimed at inspiring political activism among America's youth--and Southern California will be one of its first stops. Standing before the Jefferson Memorial on Tuesday, television and film producer Norman Lear kicked off the Declaration of Independence Road Trip, a project that will take an original July 4, 1776, print on a nationwide tour over the next four years.
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