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Koch Vision and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation thank all who came out to celebrate The Archive of American Television Presents : the Studio One Anthology DVD release!

On November 6 we held a special screening of the newly re-mastered 1954 Studio One classic "Twelve Angry Men" and panel discussion with Jack Klugman, Jayne Meadows, Barbara Rush, Gloria Stroock & Dick Van Patten! It was a great night!

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Jack Lemmon and Eva Marie Saint

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"Twelve Angry Men"

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Charlton Heston, "Wuthering Heights"

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Studio One Anthology

This November, KOCH Vision and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation launch "The Archive of American Television Presents." The inaugural release under this new banner features seventeen hand-picked, digitally re-mastered episodes (never-before-available on home video) from the distinguished “Westinghouse Presents Studio One” series, which ran on CBS from 1948-1958.

A pinnacle of The Golden Age of Television, “Studio One” presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received 18-Emmy nominations (including 5 wins) during its prestigious nine-year run on CBS. Showcasing some of the greatest talents of the era, this anthology series created an enormous impact and is a treasured part of America's broadcasting history.

Episodes Include:

Twelve Angry Men, Wuthering Heights, 1984, The Arena, June Moon, Dino, Julius Caesar, Pontius Pilate, The Storm, Confessions of a Nervous Man, The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners, Dark Possession, The Death and Life of Larry Benson, The Strike, The Medium, An Almanac of Liberty, and Summer Pavilion.

In this collection are rare performances from Eddie Albert, Art Carney, Robert Cummings, Norman Fell, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lorne Greene, Charlton Heston, Marsha Hunt, Jack Lemmon, Sal Mineo, Elizabeth Montgomery, Leslie Nielsen, Barbara O’Neil, Lee Remick, and Eva Marie Saint, among many others.

Bonus Features:

  • The Paley Center for Media’s “Studio One Seminar”
  • Excerpted interview with director Paul Nickell from The Paley Center for Media’s “Studio One Video History”
  • "Voices from the Archive: Studio One" -- related interview footage from the Archive of American Television with first-hand accounts of those who were a part of the series
  • Studio One historical overview and rediscovery featurette
  • 52-page book featuring written contributions by Gore Vidal, the Archive of American Television and Larry James Gianakos (author of Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle)

About Studio One

In 1947, "Studio One" began as a radio series, broadcasting 60-minute adaptations of popular plays, attracting the top performers of the day. Three years later, the series moved to television under the sponsorship of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and continued until 1958 under a variety of titles, making it the longest-running anthology drama series. A staggering 466 episodes were produced, ranging from Shakespearean classics to brand new works written for television. "Studio One" earned at least one Emmy nomination every year it aired, garnering a total of eighteen nominations and five wins over the course of the series.

The Restoration and Rediscovery of Studio One

All the episodes included in the stunning STUDIO ONE ANTHOLOGY have been produced from kinescopes – film recorded off of the television monitors before the advent of commercial videotape. Many kinescopes from the period, however, have been lost or are irreparable. Luckily, in 1997, during the demolition of the former Westinghouse (the sponsor for "Studio One") factory in Mansfield, Ohio, a foreman came across rotting boxes in a shed. While his instructions were to throw away all materials, he noticed the CBS logo and initiated a process that resulted in the discovery and preservation of hundreds of hours of film, which were thought to have been lost forever.

One of the most exciting inclusions in the STUDIO ONE ANTHOLOGY, Reginald Rose's historic "Twelve Angry Men," was only recently found in a private collection. The complete program was thought to have been lost for many years. Then in 2003, a filmmaker, who was working on a documentary about noted defense attorney Samuel Leibowitz, found a kinescope copy in the Leibowitz archives. Having a profound interest in legal issues, the attorney requested and received "Twelve Angry Men" directly from CBS shortly after it aired.

Perhaps there are more Studio One kinescopes still out there waiting to be rediscovered...

View Press Release (as pdf)