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William Samuel Paley

1901 – 1990

businessman,

chief executive who built the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)

from a small radio network

into one of the foremost

radio and television network operations

in the United States of America.

 

 

 

born in

Chicago, Illinois

the son of Goldie and Samuel Paley.

His family was

 

Jewish

 his father was an immigrant from Ukraine

who ran a cigar company.

As the company became increasingly successful,

Paley became a millionaire,

and moved his family to

Philadelphia

in the early 1920s.

 

Western Military Academy

Alton, Illinois 

Wharton School 

University of Pennsylvania 

Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

in expectation

that he would take an

increasingly active role running the

family

cigar business.

 1927

Samuel Paley, Leon Levy and some business partners

bought a

 Philadelphia-based radio network

of

16 stations called the

Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System.

Within a decade, William S. Paley

had expanded the network to

114 affiliate stations.

 

 

Paley changed

broadcasting's business modeI

 not only by

developing successful and lucrative broadcast programming

but also by viewing advertisers and sponsors

as the most significant element of the broadcasting equation. 

Paley provided network programming to affiliate stations at a nominal cost, thereby ensuring the widest possible distribution for both the programming and the advertising.

The advertisers then became the network's primary clients and, because of the wider distribution brought by the growing network, 

Paley's recognition of

how to harness the potential reach of broadcasting

was the key

to his growing CBS from a tiny chain of stations

into what was eventually one of the

world's dominant communication empires.

 

During his

PRIME

 an uncanny sense for popular taste

and exploiting that insight to build the CBS network.

As war clouds darkened over Europe

in the late 1930s,

Paley recognized Americans' desire

for news coverage of the coming war

and built the news division

into a dominant force

just as he had previously

built the network's

entertainment division.

As early as

1940

Paley envisioned

the creation of a network division within CBS tasked

with serving much of

South America.

Paley laid the foundation

for a chain of sixty-four stations

in eighteen countries

which would subsequently

be known

as La Cadena de las Americas

(The Network of the Americas).

By 1942,

Paley's innovative network

was broadcasting both news and cultural programming

live from New York City in cooperation

with the government's

Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs

under the direction of a young

Nelson Rockefeller.

During World War II, these broadcasts played a central role in promoting cultural diplomacy

and Pan Americanism as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy.

During World War II, Paley served as director of radio operations

of the Psychological Warfare branch in the Office of War Information

at Allied Force Headquarters in London, where he held the rank of colonel. 

 

While based in England during the war, Paley came to know and befriend Edward R. Murrow,

CBS's head of European news who expanded the news division's foreign coverage

with a team of war correspondents later known as the Murrow Boys.

 

CBS has owned the

Columbia Record Company

and its associated

CBS Laboratories since

1939.

 June 1948,

Columbia Records introduced the 33-1/3-rpm LP record,

which could hold more than 20 minutes' worth of music on each side, and became a standard recording format though the 1970s.

Also, CBS Laboratories and Peter Goldmark

developed a method for color television.

After lobbying by RCA President David Sarnoff and Paley in Washington, D.C.,

the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

approved the CBS system,

but later reversed the decision based on the CBS system's incompatibility

with black and white receivers.

The new, compatible RCA color system was selected as the standard,

and CBS sold the patents to its system

to foreign broadcasters as PAL SECAM.

CBS broadcast few color programs during this period,

reluctant to supplement RCA revenue.

They did, however,

buy and license some RCA equipment and technology,

taking the RCA markings off of the equipment,

and later relying exclusively on

Philips-Norelco for color equipment beginning in 1964,

when color television sets became widespread.

PAL or Phase Alternating Line,

an analogue TV-encoding system,

is today

a television-broadcasting standard

used in large parts of the world.

 

"Bill Paley 

erected

two towers of power:

one for entertainment

and one for news,

" 60 Minutes

creator Don Hewitt 

"And he decreed that

there would be no bridge between them....

In short,

Paley was the guy

who put Frank Sinatra and Edward R. Murrow

on the radio

and 60 Minutes on television.”

 

Paley was not fond of one of the network's biggest stars.

In private, Paley and his colleagues despised Godfrey.

Arthur Godfrey

had been working locally

in Washington, DC + New York City

hosting morning shows.

Godfrey would, on occasion, mock Paley and other CBS executives by

name, on the air.

Godfrey's massive revenues

from advertising

on the popular morning programs and his two prime-time shows

protected him from any reprisals.

 

 

The relationship

between Paley and his news staff was not always smooth. 

 

 

The implication

was that the

network's sponsors

were uneasy

about some of the controversial topics

leading Paley to worry about lost revenue

to the network as well as

unwelcome scrutiny during the era of McCarthyism

In 1955,

Alcoa withdrew its sponsorship of See It Now,

and eventually the program's weekly broadcast

on Tuesdays was stopped, t

hough it continued as a series of special segments until

1958.

 

1959,

James T. Aubrey Jr.

became the president of CBS.

Under Aubrey,

the network became the most popular on television

with shows

like

The Beverly Hillbillies Gilligan's Island Gunsmoke;

 

1972,

Paley ordered the shortening of a second installment of a two-part CBS Evening News series on the Watergate scandal,

based on a complaint by Charles Colson,

an aide to President Richard Nixon.

And later,

Paley briefly ordered the suspension of instant and often negatively critical analyses by CBS news commentators which followed presidential addresses.

Over the years, Paley sold portions of his family stockholding in CBS. At the time of his death,

he owned less than 9 percent of the outstanding stock

1995,

five years after Paley's death,

CBS was bought by Westinghouse Electric Corporation 

1999,

by Viacom,

which itself was once a subsidiary of CBS. Today,

CBS is owned by ViacomCBS,

after merging with the "new" Viacom in 2019.

National Amusements

is the majority owner of ViacomCBS.

 

1940s,

William Paley and his brother-in-law, Leon Levy

formed Jaclyn Stable,

which owned and raced a string of thoroughbred race horses.

 Paley formed a modern art collection

with as many as 40 major works,

and he enjoyed photographing Picasso in Cap d'Antibes.

Like Picasso, Paley drove an exotic French Facel Vega Facel II,

the fastest four-seater car in the world in the early 1960s.

 

1964

CBS purchased

the New York Yankees from

Del Webb.

Subsequently,

the storied baseball team

fell into mediocrity,

not making the postseason for the next ten years.

 1973

Paley sold the team at its low ebb

for $8.7 million

to Cleveland shipbuilder

George Steinbrenner and a group of investors.

 Under the Steinbrenner regime,

the Yankees grew in value to what,

in April 2006,

Forbes magazine estimated was $1.26 billion,

or about $280 million in 1973 dollars.

 

 

 

 

Encouraged by Paley's avid interest in modern art

and his outstanding collection,

the Rockefeller family's Museum of Modern Art

made Paley a trustee in the 1930s;

1962

he was tapped by then-chairman David Rockefeller to be its president.

1968,

he joined a syndicate with Rockefeller

and others to buy six works by Picasso

for the museum from the notable Gertrude Stein collection.

 

1974,

Paley dedicated the second building at the

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at

Syracuse University.

He also personally dedicated

the Samuel L. Paley library at

Temple University named in honor of his father.

The Paley Center for Media was founded by Paley in New York City

in 1976

as the Museum of Broadcasting.

 

Paley met

Dorothy Hart Hearst

(while she was married to John Randolph Hearst,

the third son of William Randolph Hearst.

Paley fell in love with her, and,

after her Las Vegas divorce from Hearst,

she and Paley married on May 12, 1932, in Kingman, Arizona.

Dorothy called on her extensive social connections

acquired during her previous marriage to introduce

Paley to several top members of

President Franklin Roosevelt's government.

She also exerted

a considerable influence

over Paley's political views. 

 

 

Paley married

divorcée, socialite and fashion icon

Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer 

 the daughter of

renowned neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing. William and Babe Paley,

in spite of their successes and social standing,

were barred from being members of country clubs on Long Island because he was Jewish.

As an alternative, the Paleys built a summer home,

"Kiluna North,"

on Squam Lake

in New Hampshire

and spent the summers there for many years,

routinely entertaining their many friends,

including Lucille Ball, Grace Kelly, frank Sinatra  David O. Selznick.

 

 

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35 of the passengers

were students

from Syracuse University,

who participated in the

university's

Division of International Programs Abroad

DIPA Program"

"Syracuse University Abroad"

"Syracuse Abroad"

"Study Abroad Program"

they 

were returning home for Christmas

following a semester in

Syracuse's London and European campuses.

IO of these students were from other universities and colleges

(including but not limited to

Colgate University and University of Colorado)

which partnered with Syracuse in order for them to be allowed to study overseas by enrolling in the said program.

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Derek Anthony West

Before Uber,

West was Associate Attorney General of the United States

and general counsel of PepsiCo.

West previously served as the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division,

the largest litigating division in the Department of Justice.

David M. Zaslav

born January 15, 1960

president and chief executive officer of

Discovery Inc

since January 2007.

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Derek Anthony West

Before Uber,

West was Associate Attorney General of the United States

and general counsel of PepsiCo.

West previously served as the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division,

the largest litigating division in the Department of Justice.

 

 

West was also involved in efforts

by the Department

to reclaim

$37 billion from large financial institutions

 

 

On August 21, 2014

West announced

a

$16.65 billion settlement

with Bank of America to

resolve federal and state claims against Bank of America

and its former and current subsidiaries,

including Countrywide Financial Corporation and Merrill Lynch.

 

West is the brother-in-law of Vice President Kamala Harris.

David Zaslav 

born January 15, 1960

media executive 

Chief Executive Officer and President of Warner Bros. Discovery.

Zaslav spearheaded the transaction between AT&T and Discovery

to combine with WarnerMedia and create the combined Warner Bros. Discovery in April 2022.

Zaslav's executive compensation package includes an annual salary of $3 million with an annual $22 million bonus. In his contract extension, Zaslav also received stock options valued at $190 million, making him one of the highest-paid entertainment executives in the world. [3][4][5] He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and president of Discovery, Inc. beginning on November 16, 2006 and ending on April 8, 2022, when it was merged with WarnerMedia.[6][7]

 

 

Zaslav was born to a Polish and Ukrainian Jewish family [8][9][10][11] in Brooklyn, New York.[12] At the age of 8, he moved to Rockland County where he graduated from Ramapo High School.He was captain of the varsity tennis team.[15]

Zaslav earned a BS degree from Binghamton University.

Following this, he graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD with honors in 1985 and started his career as an attorney with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Lieby and MacRae in New York.

 

NBC Universal[edit]

Zaslav joined NBC in 1989.[17] As president of Cable and Domestic TV and New Media Distribution, he oversaw content distribution to all forms of TV, negotiated for cable and satellite carriage of NBC Universal networks and forged media partnerships.[18][19]

His responsibilities extended to Bravo, CNBC World, SCI FI, ShopNBC, Sleuth, Telemundo, Telemundo Puerto Rico, mun2, Trio, Universal HD, USA Network, NBC Weather Plus and the Olympics on cable.

Zaslav also oversaw NBC Universal's interests in A&E, The History Channel, The Biography Channel, National Geographic International, the Sundance Channel and TiVo.[20]

Discovery

Zaslav became CEO of Discovery Communications in November 16, 2006, succeeding Judith McHale.[22] Zaslav instigated a shift in strategy by the company, aiming to see itself as a "content company" rather than a "cable company" by bolstering its main networks (such as its namesake Discovery Channel) as multi-platform brands.[23] As CEO, Zaslav oversaw the development and launch of new networks such as Planet Green (later rebranded as Destination America),[24] The Hub,[25][26] Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN),[27] Velocity,[28][29] and Investigation Discovery,[30] as well as the company's 2018 acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive,[31] expansion of its digital education operations,[32] and current emphasis on streaming services.

Under his leadership, Discovery began trading as a public company in 2008, became a Fortune 500 company in 2014, and acquired Scripps Networks Interactive, in 2018.

Warner Bros. Discovery

In May 2021, it was announced that Zaslav would serve as CEO of a proposed merger of Discovery with a spin-out of AT&T's WarnerMedia.[35][36] Zaslav's executive compensation package includes an annual salary of $3 million with an annual $22 million bonus. In his contract extension, Zaslav also received stock options valued at $190 million.[37][38][39]

Since August 2022, Zaslav received heavy criticism for his decision to severely reduce the amount of original content on the streaming service HBO Max, to be used as tax write-offs, to focus on bigger theatrical productions. The total accounted loss was nearly $25 billion off the company's market cap.[40] Some of those projects were "practically finished" or in the late stages of post-production, including Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt.[41] Zaslav also received backlash from the animation community for the removal of many of Warner Bros' animated programs from streaming platforms and pulling most of the service's content in general, including Final Space, Infinity Train, Summer Camp Island, Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart, The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, and several hundred episodes of Sesame Street, among others, a decision Infinity Train creator Owen Dennis remarked rendered many of the programs effectively as "lost media".[42] [43][44]

 

Zaslav serves on the boards of Sirius XM., The Cable Center, Center for Communication, Grupo Televisa, Partnership for New York City, Syracuse University, and USC Shoah Foundation.[45] He also is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Paley Center for Media and the Mt. Sinai Medical Center.[46] He is chair of the Auschwitz: The Past Is Present Committee which promotes awareness of the Holocaust.[9][10][47] In 2012, he received the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award from the UJA-Federation of New York[48] which honors people of vision, energy and sustained achievement in the entertainment, media and communications industries.[49]

In 2014, Zaslav was awarded the Fred Dressler Leadership Award by Syracuse University's S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.[45][16]

 

His daughter Ali Zaslav is a congressional producer with CNN.[

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Mary Mara

 

Born

September 21, 1960

Syracuse, New York, U.S.

Died

June 26, 2022 age 61

Cape Vincent, New York

Education

San Francisco State University (BA)

Yale 

Occupation

Actress

Years active

1989–2020

Mary Mara 

September 21, 1960 – June 26, 2022

was an American television and film actress from Syracuse, New York

known for her main role as Inspector Bryn Carson on Nash Bridges and 

appearances on primetime dramas ER and Law & Order.

 She also appeared in Mr. Saturday Night.

On June 26, 2022, 

Mara drowned while swimming in the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, New York.

 She was 61 years old.Mary Mara, a veteran actress who appeared on TV shows 

such as “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue” and “Ray Donovan,” has died after ‘drowning’ in the St. Lawrence River over the weekend.

She was 61.

 

Mara was visiting her sister

MARTHA 

Her body  has been taken to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office 

 

Stand-up comedian Buddy Young Jr. became a television star with the help of his brother and manager, Stan, 

but alienated many of those closest to him once his career began to fade.

Through a series of flashbacks, 

the brothers are seen during childhood entertaining their family in the living room. 

Buddy continues his career as a comic in the Catskills, where he meets his future wife, Elaine.

As Buddy's fame grows, so does his ego. He hits the big time with his own Saturday night television show. 

But despite the warnings of his brother, Buddy uses offensive material on the air, costing him his show and causing his career to suffer, officially ending when his stand-up act on the Ed Sullivan Show is scheduled right after The Beatles first US appearance, leading to his act being ignored and cut short. 

Furious over being snubbed, he goes into an offensive tirade and quits.

As an older man, long past his prime, 

Buddy is estranged from Stan as well as from his daughter, Susan. 

A chance at redemption comes when a young agent named Annie Wells finds him work and even gets Buddy a shot at a role in a top director's new film. 

Buddy nevertheless gives in to his own self-destructive nature, continuing to hurt his relationships with his family.

 

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