Emmy TV Legends Interview with Lee Rich and David Jacobs

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    This is a great web site with great interviews and a lot of history, this one is with Lee Rich of Lorimar productions and talks about Dallas and KL and many more.

    Lee Rich

    Executive / Producer
    "Providing a home for creative people and people to be happy and enjoying coming to work everyday. That gave me a great deal of joy."

    About This Interview
    In his three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, television executive and producer Lee Rich (1927-2012) talks about starting out in television at the advertising agency Benton & Bowles, where he worked to package and sell The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Danny Thomas Show. Largely serving as an additional producer on the shows during those early days of television, when advertising agencies enjoyed almost total control over programming, Mr. Rich recounts how he left the agency in 1965 to form his own production company, Mirisch-Rich Productions. The company produced such television programs as The Rat Patrol and one of the first Garry Marshall/Jerry Belson shows, Hey, Landlord. Mr. Rich discusses in detail the formation of the hugely successful production company Lorimar in 1969, which generated television hits The Waltons, Dallas, Eight is Enough, Knots Landing and numerous television movies including Sybil and Helter Skelter. Jeffrey Glaser conducted the interview on April 12, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA.
     
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    A great interview with David Jacobs ft Dallas and KL

    David Jacobs

    Producer/ Show Creator
    "I'm a natural writer. I always had a lot of words in me."

    About This Interview
    In his over two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Show Creator/ Producer David Jacobs discusses his long career as a writer of non-fiction books, including a biography of Charlie Chaplin, and of magazine articles for such publications as The New York Times Magazine. He talks about his transition to television writing, which began on the series The Blue Knight and on Family when he was well into his thirties. Jacobs describes in great detail his creation of two popular and long-running nighttime serials: Dallas and Knots Landing. He notes the fact that Knots Landing was created before Dallas, but pitched and produced afterward. He recounts how Dallas was created around actress Linda Evans (who would be a regular on Dynasty), how the show came to be titled and set in Dallas (a city he had never been to), and how the show reflected its era. Jacobs also explains the premise of Knots Landing, gives his impressions of the actors who appeared on the show and discusses some of the storylines on the popular series. He then comments on a number of series, miniseries, and television movies he produced in the 1980s and 90s, including the western series Paradise and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Shelley Jenkins conducted the interview in Los Angeles, CA on February 29, 2008.

     
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