Capturing television history, one voice at a time
In 1997, the Television Academy Foundation founded the Archive of American Television to capture the stories of television and preserve them for future generations. In 2016, the Archive was renamed The Interviews: An Oral History Project of the Television Academy Foundation.
In that time, the project has conducted over 800 oral history interviews (over 3,700 hours) with the legends of television. These interviews chronicle the birth and growth of Television History as it evolves, and are freely available worldwide. The Oral History Project continues to produce new interviews every year, and covers a variety of professions, genres, and topics in electronic media history.
Interviews are conducted in a life-history format, starting with the subject's early years and influences. The conversation then moves into their major television work, and concludes with the subject's thoughts about his or her craft, as well as advice to aspiring professionals. The Interviews are presented uncut and unscripted.
The collection includes conversations with legends from television's earliest days in the Farnsworth labs to current stars and visionaries. We cover all TV Professions: Actors, Directors, Writers, Producers, Art Directors, Stuntmen, Composers, Music Directors, Historians, News Anchors, Talk Show Hosts, Religious Broadcasters, Puppeteers, Animators, Lighting Designers, Editors, Production Designers, Announcers, Sportscasters, Audio Engineers, Cameramen, Publicists, Advertising Executives, Network Founders and more. Genres of TV shows covered include Animation, Children's Programming, Comedy, Detective shows, Daytime & Primetime serials, Dramas, Game Shows, Late Night, Talk Shows, Legal Dramas, Medical Dramas, Music & Variety, News & Documentary, Reality TV, Religious Programming, Sci-Fi, Sports, TV Movies, Mini-series, and Westerns. Topics covered include TV's Golden Age, Pop Culture, the Emmy Awards and Academy Awards, the Olympic Games, Television and the Presidency, the Television Industry, Standard & Practices, Censorship, The Creative Process, Network Creation, The Hollywood Blacklist, Media Consolidation, Studio Management, the Quiz Show Scandals, Technological Innovation, Historic Events and Social Change and more.
Grant A. Tinker, David L. Wolper, Tom Sarnoff, Dean Valentine and founding Executive Producer Michael Rosen were the initial forces behind this historic collection. Television Academy Foundation Chairman Bob Cook and Chair Emeritus Tom Sarnoff continue to guide the Oral History Project's success.
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