by Norman Horowitz
In the early ’50s, a senior executive at Fox was trying to interest his boss Spyros Skouras in “the business of television.” Skouras dragged him over to a ten-inch, black-and-white TV set and said, “Do you think that anyone is going to watch this when they can go to the movies and see films in Cinemascope and Technicolor?”
Screen Gems, the television division of Columbia Pictures, was formed in the early ’50s with the management of Columbia Pictures similarly convinced that television couldn’t compete with the experience of going to the movies. Fortunately for Columbia, Screen Gems not only embraced television production, but they started a television stations division, among many other activities.
Over the years, I’ve tried not to be a Luddite, rejecting new technologies, but like Skouras and Columbia Pictures, it’s a difficult thing for me to do. Continue reading “It’s Difficult For Me Not To Be a Luddite”