Fred Silverman

Fred Silverman

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 30 Jan 2020 (aged 82)
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 206684780 · View Source
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Television Executive. In the history of television, he was the only person to have headed programming for each of America's three largest broadcast networks at ABC, CBS and NBC, and is responsible for launching some of the most successful shows and miniseries of all time. The son of a TV repairman, he received an undergraduate degree at Syracuse University before going on to receive a Masters in television and theater arts from Ohio State University. After working for local stations in Chicago and New York, at age 25, he became the youngest-ever department head at CBS when he joined the station as head of daytime programming in 1963. During his tenure at CBS, he replaced rural comedies like 'The Beverly Hillbillies' and 'Petticoat Junction' in favor of more contemporary shows like 'All in the Family,' 'M*A*S*H,' 'Maude,' 'The Jeffersons,' 'Good Times,' 'One Day at a Time,' 'The Bob Newhart Show' and 'Rhoda'. In 1975, he took the job of president at ABC, where he steered the network to No. 1 in primetime on the strength of such shows as 'Charlie's Angels,' 'The Love Boat,' 'Fantasy Island,' 'Donny & Marie,' 'Soap' the 12-hour miniseries 'Roots.' In 1978, Silverman jumped to NBC as president and CEO, where he developed shows such as 'Hill Street Blues,' 'Diff'rent Strokes', 'The Facts of Life,' 'Cheers' and 'Real People,' which became a No. 1 show, however after NBC finished with the worst season in its history, Silverman left in the spring 1981 to form the Fred Silverman Co., which produced shows like 'Matlock,' 'Jake and the Fat Man,' 'Father Dowling Mysteries,' 'Heat of the Night' and 'Diagnosis Murder.' In 1999, Silverman was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Originally Created by: Louis du Mort
  • Added: 30 Jan 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 206684780
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fred Silverman (13 Sep 1937–30 Jan 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 206684780, citing Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave Burial Details Unknown.