Since the 1950's when Desilu
pioneered the sitcom, television has been the smaller cousin to Culver City's movie industry with such shows as Gunsmoke, Lassie, and The Andy Griffith Show all being shot there, alongside current shows like Jeopardy, Deal or no Deal, and Wheel of Fortune.
who ran Desilu
from 1964 to 1967, immediately saw "Star Trek's" potential and signed its creator, Gene Roddenberry, to a script deal.
In a recent interview with VideoAge, Gordon recalled the early challenges when he had to integrate the Desilu
international sales structure into Paramount, which did not have an extensive overseas TV program sales unit.
14) However, Herb Solow, executive in charge of production for Desilu
, and Bob Justman, associate producer, remember that some of the costumes worn by female guest stars were inspired by "pictures of scantily clad women in pulp science-fiction magazines" and that Theiss, prodded by Roddenberry, strove to show as much skin as possible without alarming the network censors.
In 1957 she made her Broadway debut in Fair Game, and three years later starred in an episode of 1960 TV series Westinghouse Desilu
Petrosian and her team filmed the commercial in the same Hollywood studio that once was home to Desilu
Productions and the pioneering 1950s sitcom "I Love Lucy," which itself broke ethnic barriers by costarring Cuban-American actor Desi Arnaz in the role of Ricky Ricardo.
And at first, CBS was not impressed with the pilot episode produced by the couple's Desilu
Productions company, so Ball and Arnaz took their act on the road.
Both Lucille and Desi, real-life husband and wife team, became powerful people in the US TV industry with their joint Desilu
production company I Love Lucy emerged from the star's own radio series on CBS, My Favourite Husband.
I happen to know that those chimneys belong to Quebec Iron and Titanium, which is owned, along with Madison Square Gardens and Desilu
Productions, by a Viennese-born whirlwind who inhales corporations.
Weitzman has held senior positions at MGM and executive positions at several other major studios, including Desilu
, Lorimar Pictures and Universal Studios.
Lucille Ball was the first woman to head a major Hollywood studio, Desilu
, which produced--among its many shows--Star Trek, Our Miss Brooks, Mission Impossible, The Untouchables, The Andy Griffith Show, My Favorite Martian, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Make Room for Daddy.
The family had built up their fortune in the 1980s with the Desilu
Group, which supplied dresses to High Street fashion chains.