Thursday, February 3, 2011

Archive of American Television - Video Interviews with TV Legends

Do you love TV? I don't mean sitting down to watch some random television shows? Do you love the shows that you watch and like to know everything about the television industry. If so, you will positively love the Archive of American Television: Capturing Television History , One Voice at a Time. This website, part of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation (yes, the Emmys) houses nearly 700 long-form videotaped interview with pioneers of television.

The collection is very diversified. You can find interviews by:
  • Professions - Everybody that has anything to do with making a television show, including actors, directors, writers, producers, stuntmen, composers, historians, talk show hosts, puppeteers, editos, announcers, cameramen, publicists, network founders and more.
  • Genres - Individual interviewed come from all genres, including animation, children's programming, daytime serials, game shows, late night talk shows, comedy, drama, TV movies, westerns, sports, reality TV and more.
  • Topics - Interviewees have discussed a variety of topics including TV's Golden Age, Pop Culture, Award Shows, Oympics, TV and the Presidency, Censorship, The Hollywood Blacklist, Technological Innovation, Social Change and many more.
To find a video interview to watch, you can search or browse through the above categories, or you can look through an alphabetical list of all people interviewed. If you are uncertain what to view, the Archive of American Television offers Featured Playlists. One of the current Featured Playlists is Gone But Not forgotten: Interview segments featuring interviewees who passed away in 2010.

One of my favorite pages on the Achive of American Television website is the TV History page found under Resources. It is a fascinating article about television history from its inception until the end of the 20th century. And, like any good website, this one includes a blog. The Emmy TV Legend's Blog will keep you up to date with what has happened to the pioneers of television.

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