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Leonard H. Goldenson (December 7, 1905 – December 27, 1999) was a president of the U.S. television and radio network ABC.

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1 Early life and career 2 Career at ABC 3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links

Early life and career[edit] Goldenson was born to a Jewish family[1][2] in Pennsylvania in 1905. He grew up in the town of Scottdale, Pennsylvania
Scottdale, Pennsylvania
and graduated from Scottdale High School. He was educated at Harvard, and entered the entertainment industry in 1933 as an attorney for Paramount Pictures after graduating from Harvard Law School. Goldenson was hired to help reorganize United Paramount Theatres, Paramount's theater chain, which at the time was nearing bankruptcy. So skillful was his work at this assignment that Paramount's chief executive officer, Barney Balaban, hired Goldenson as deputy to the manager of the Paramount Theaters chain. Career at ABC[edit] Goldenson orchestrated the merger of United Paramount Theatres
United Paramount Theatres
with ABC in 1953 (after Paramount was ordered to spin it off in the wake of United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc., a 1948 decree of the U.S. Supreme Court). ABC was originally formed in 1943 in the wake of an earlier Supreme Court decree effectively ordering the spinoff of the largely secondary-status Blue Network
Blue Network
from its then-parent, NBC; its buyer, industrialist Edward J. Noble, tried to build ABC into a competitive Broadcasting company, but by 1951 was rumored to be on the verge of selling the nearly bankrupt operation to CBS, whose management apparently wanted ABC's critically important owned-and-operated television stations.[3][4] Goldenson rescued ABC by convincing his board of directors to buy the company from Noble for $25 million. becoming the founding president of the merged company which was named American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. The modern ABC dates its history from the effective date of the Goldenson transaction, and not the Blue Network
Blue Network
spinoff. Although he focused chiefly on ABC Television, Goldenson oversaw all areas of ABC-Paramount's entertainment/media operations for over thirty years, from 1951 to 1986, including the creation of the AmPar Record Corporation in 1955 and the 'rebadging' of the ABC-Paramount group as the American Broadcasting Company
American Broadcasting Company
in 1968.[5] Goldenson also was instrumental in the sale of ABC to Capital Cities Communications in 1986, which at the time, was the largest non-oil merger in history. Very early on in his tenure, Goldenson also hired the first African-American staff announcer in network television and radio history, Sid McCoy. Personal life[edit] His wife was Isabelle Charlotte Weinstein, co-founder of United Cerebral Palsy.[6] Goldenson, whose first-born daughter Cookie was born with cerebral palsy, co-founded United Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy
in 1949 and used station WBKB (at the time owned by United Paramount Theatres) to be the flagship station for the inaugural UCP telethon that year. In 1974, Mr. Goldenson received The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York." The Leonard H. Goldenson Theater at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences building in North Hollywood, California is named in his honor. Goldenson was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1987. Goldenson was known for always flying economy class and never driving a new car.[7] He died on December 27, 1999 at the age of 94.[7] He was survived by his wife and his two daughters: Loreen Goldenson Arbus and Maxine Goldenson.[7] His daughter Loreen Arbus was the first woman to head programming at a major television network at Showtime Networks.[8] References[edit]

^ Los Angeles Times: "Hollywood Star Walk - Leonard H. Goldenson" retrieved December 25, 2015 ^ Goldberg, J. J. (1996). Jewish Power. Addison Wesley. p. 286. ISBN 0-201-32798-8.  ^ Murray, Michael D.; Godfrey, Donald G., eds. (1997). Television in America: Local Station History from Across the Nation. Ames, IA: Iowa State Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-8138-2969-0.  ^ Quinlan, Sterling (1979). Inside ABC: American Broadcasting Company's rise to power. New York: Hastings House. p. 17. ISBN 0-8038-6765-4.  ^ Ashley Kahn; The House That Coltrane Built (Granta Books, London, 2006), p.284 ^ Jewish Women's Archive: "ISABELLE CHARLOTTE WEINSTEIN GOLDENSON -Disability Rights Activist, Co-founder of United Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy
1921 – 2005" retrieved December 25, 2015 ^ a b c New York Times: "Leonard Goldenson, Force Behind ABC, Is Dead at 94" By FELICITY BARRINGER December 28, 1999 ^ We News: "‘My Passion, My Philanthropy’: Loreen Arbus’ Work Defined By Marginalization" by Loreen Arbus March 16, 2017

External links[edit]

Leonard Goldenson at the Museum of Broadcast Communications Leonard Goldenson Official Website Leonard Goldenson on IMDb Disney Legends profile Leonard Goldenson interview video at the Archive of American Television Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre Appearances on C-SPAN

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Television Hall of Fame Class of 1987

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Presidents of American Broadcasting Company

Key people

Edward John Noble
Edward John Noble
(1943–1951) Robert E. Kintner (1949—1956) Leonard Goldenson (1951–1986) Elton Rule (1972–1983) John Severino (1981–1985) Mark Mandala (1985–1994) Daniel Burke (1986–1994) Bob Iger
Bob Iger
(1994–1995) Steve Bornstein (1999–2002) Alex Wallau (2000) Anne Sweeney (April 2004–January 2015) Ben Sherwood
Ben Sherwood
(January 2015–present)

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International Emmy Directorate Award

Charles Curran (1973) Joseph V. Charyk (1974) Junzo Imamichi (1975) Talbot S. Duckmanton / Roberto Marinho / Howard Thomas (1976) Alphonse Quimet (1977) Frank Stanton (1979) Lew Grade
Lew Grade
(1980) Huw Wheldon
Huw Wheldon
(1981) Akio Morita
Akio Morita
(1982) Roberto Marinho (1983) Sidney Bernstein (1984) Leonard Goldenson (1985) Herbert Schmertz
Herbert Schmertz
(1986) Jeremy Isaacs (1987) Vittorio Boni (1988) Ted Turner
Ted Turner
(1989) Henrikas Yushkiavitshus (1990) Henry Becton (1991) Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi
(1992) Andre Rousselet (1993) Helmut Thoma (1944) Jonh Birt (1995) Herbert A. Granath (1996) Dieter Stolte (1997) Sam Nilsson (1998) Ralph Baruch (1999) Su-Ming Cheng (2000) Gustavo Cisneros
Gustavo Cisneros
(2001) Katsuji Ebisawa (2002) Greg Dyke
Greg Dyke
(2003) Herbert Kloiber (2004) Charles Allen (2005) Ronald S. Lauder
Ronald S. Lauder
(2006) Patrick Le Lay (2007) Liu Changle (2008) Markus Schächter (2009) Lorne Michaels
Lorne Michaels
(2010) Subhash Chandra
Subhash Chandra
(2011) Kim In-Kyu (2012) Anke Schäferkordt (2013) Roberto Irineu Marinho
Roberto Irineu Marinho
(2014) Richard Plepler
Richard Plepler
(2015) Maria Rørbye Rønn (2016) Emilio Azcárraga Jean
Emilio Azcárraga Jean
(2017)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 80542499 LCCN: n87134

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