After All, Someone Needs to Get the Job Done

by Norman Horowitz

I am the product of the industry in which I have worked for 50+ years. In fact, the only insight I can bring to anything is not based on my intellect, but rather on my experiences in life in general, as well as the Air Force and the business of television.

I grew up watching my father run his small dress manufacturing business at 1385 Broadway in New York. To me, he was to me the ultimate operating executive in that he knew everything he needed to know to run his business. Everyone who worked for him had a job to do (including my Dad). He had no “formal” business training, yet he ran a profitable business for many years.

My career in the entertainment industry started as a part-time, minimum-wage shipping clerk and messenger for the editorial department of Screen Gems Television in New York. In the intervening years, I became a functioning operating and sales executive. Although I’ve had many staff positions in the intervening years, I’m still an operating guy.   Continue reading “After All, Someone Needs to Get the Job Done”

A Part of My Life with Lawyers and MBAs

MGM/UA owned the three Poltergeist movies. We were in the middle of selling the “new” Twilight Zone series that we made in association with CBS, and it was doing very well.

To me, in the business of syndication, “the name is the thing” when introducing new content.

This is from a presentation for Poltergeist: The Series that I wrote over twenty years ago at MGM:

Was there ever a time before the beginning of time?

Will there be a time after the end of time?

Is there space at the end of space?

Is there space before the beginning of space?   Continue reading “A Part of My Life with Lawyers and MBAs”