Goldenson, Leonard H.

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Beginning with his takeover in 1953 of the fledgling American Broadcasting Company, Leonard Goldenson became one of the most famous pioneers of television history. After being hired to assist in the successful reorganization of near-bankrupt Paramount Pictures, Goldenson then turned to Hollywood in the early 1950s. Competing against broadcasting giants NBC and CBS, Goldenson engineered such successful ABC ventures as American Bandstand, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, and The Mickey Mouse Club. Convincing Warner Brothers and the Walt Disney Company to partner with ABC and produce TV shows proved to be another successful move for Goldenson, who saw ABC continue to gain ground in the network ratings through the turbulent 1960s. Under Goldenson's leadership, ABC soon emerged as the premier network for sports broadcasting with the addition of ABC's Wide World of Sports, coverage of the Olympic Games, and Monday Night Football. ABC introduced new, innovative ideas to the television landscape such as the TV movie and the miniseries (including 1977's highly awarded Roots). Seeing his once humble enterprise reach the pinnacle of financial success, Goldenson retired in 1986 after selling ABC to Capital Cities, Inc. Aside from his achievements in the entertainment industry, Goldenson's legacy includes a myriad of philanthrophic endeavors as well. Chief among these is the founding of United Cerebral Palsy in 1949, along with his wife Isabelle, fellow New York businessman Jack Housman, and Housman's wife Ethel. Beginning with a simple advertisement in the New York Herald Tribune, he led the campaign to improve treatment and quality of life for children with developmental disabilities, which resulted in the national organization that continues to strive for those same ideals today.

From the description of Leonard H. Goldenson Collection, 1915-1994. (San Leandro Community Library). WorldCat record id: 754847223

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Beginning with his takeover in 1953 of the fledgling American Broadcasting Company, Leonard Goldenson became one of the most famous pioneers of television history. After being hired to assist in the successful reorganization of near-bankrupt Paramount Pictures, Goldenson then turned to Hollywood in the early 1950s. Competing against broadcasting giants NBC and CBS, Goldenson engineered such successful ABC ventures as American Bandstand, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, and The Mickey Mouse Club . Convincing Warner Brothers and the Walt Disney Company to partner with ABC and produce TV shows proved to be another successful move for Goldenson, who saw ABC continue to gain ground in the network ratings through the turbulent 1960s. Under Goldenson's leadership, ABC soon emerged as the premier network for sports broadcasting with the addition of ABC's Wide World of Sports, coverage of the Olympic Games, and Monday Night Football . ABC introduced new, innovative ideas to the television landscape such as the TV movie and the miniseries (including 1977's highly awarded Roots ). Seeing his once humble enterprise reach the pinnacle of financial success, Goldenson retired in 1986 after selling ABC to Capital Cities, Inc.

Aside from his achievements in the entertainment industry, Goldenson's legacy includes a myriad of philanthrophic endeavors as well. Chief among these is the founding of United Cerebral Palsy in 1949, along with his wife Isabelle, fellow New York businessman Jack Housman, and Housman's wife Ethel. Beginning with a simple advertisement in the New York Herald Tribune, he led the campaign to improve treatment and quality of life for children with developmental disabilities, which resulted in the national organization that continues to strive for those same ideals today.

From the guide to the Leonard H. Goldenson Collection, 1915-1994, (USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library)

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associatedWith ABC Television Network corporateBody
associatedWith American Broadcasting Companies. corporateBody
associatedWith American Broadcasting Company corporateBody
associatedWith Block, Richard, person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Capital Cities Communications, Inc. (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, Dick, 1929- person
correspondedWith Coston, Dean W. (Dean Walter), 1923- person
associatedWith International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation corporateBody
associatedWith Kintner, Robert E. (Robert Edmonds), 1909-1980 person
associatedWith Kuney, Jack, 1919-2007. person
associatedWith Treyz, Oliver E., 1918-1998 person
associatedWith United Cerebral Palsy Associations corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Federal Communications Commission corporateBody
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California--Los Angeles
United States
United States
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Television mini-series--History
Television personalities--Archival resources
Television pilot programs--Archival resources
Television series--Archival resources
Television producers and directors--Archival resources
Television broadcasting--Archival resources
Television writers--United States--Archival resources
Television programs--Archival resources
Motion pictures and television--History
Television broadcasting of news--United States--Archival resources
Television stations--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Television broadcasting of sports--United States--Archival resources
Television broadcasting of news--Archival resources
Television writers--Archival resources
Television broadcasting--History
Television personalities--United States--Archival resources
Television producers and directors--Interviews
Television broadcasting of sports--Archival resources
Television mini-series--Archival resources
Television stations--Archival resources
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Birth 1905-12-07

Death 1999-12-27

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