EmmyTVLegends.org Launched

The Academy of Television Arts iand Sciences’ Archive of American Television has launched EmmyTVLegends.org website, which aims to put its voluminous collection of over 600 video interviews with  “with the pioneers and legends of [ American]television.” The site, which uses YouTube to host the interviews, represents a second try for the Archives, which according to its press release here, noted, “In 2005, the Archive began to release the interviews online to the public, but until now there was no easy way to search footage.”

Only about 100 of the interviews have been posted so far, including comic genius Sid Caesar (see above) and animation producer/director Bill Melendez (see below). (The Caesar segment covers his career up until he was approached to work in television, while the Melendez covers his first work in TV animation.) The number of animation-related figures does seem rather sparse, but does include Alex Anderson (Crusader Rabbit), Joseph Barbera, Art Clokey, Chuck Jones, Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Phil Roman.

Author: Harvey Deneroff

Harvey Deneroff is a Los Angeles-based independent animation and film scholar specializing in labor history. He formerly taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design and was editor of Animation Magazine, Animation World Magazine, and Graiffit (published by ASIFA-Hollywood). He is the founder and past president of the Society for Animation Studies.

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