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Dick Wolf

Writer/ Producer

Dick Wolf on how he got into television writing (fun story)

01:43

This is a business of very strange left turns and incredible timing. The difference between total success and total failure in Hollywood is a knife's edge.

About this interview

In his three-hour interview, Dick Wolf talks about his parents, who worked at NBC publicity in the 1950's, and the fact that, as a child, he was often in the Peanut Gallery of The Howdy Doody Show. Wolf also speaks extensively about his early career in advertising and his original ad campaigns and slogans. He then chronicles his transition into writing, starting with a feature film and then progressing into writing and producing the NBC series Hill Street Blues. Wolf speaks at length about working on Hill Street Blues; about writing in general; about Grant Tinker and the production company MTM Enterprises as well as his MTM colleagues Steven Bochco, Tom Fontana and David Milch. He also details his rationale for segueing into writing and producing Miami Vice. Michael Rosen conducted the interview (in two sessions) at his Universal Studios-based office in Los Angeles, CA on March 25 and April 21, 2003.

This is a business of very strange left turns and incredible timing. The difference between total success and total failure in Hollywood is a knife's edge.

Interview Highlights

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Dick Wolf on how he got into television writing (fun story)

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Dick Wolf on the role of a producer

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Dick Wolf on Hollywood: "the difference between total success and total failure in Hollywood is a knife edge."

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Producer Dick Wolf on being in the "Peanut Gallery" of The Howdy Doody Show when he was a child

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Dick Wolf on reading the newspapers every day

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