Google and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Provide Access to Historic Television Archives
Taped Interviews of America’s Greatest Television Actors, Writers, Producers, Directors Made Available For Free Viewing on Google Video
MOUNTAIN VIEW & NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., October 26, 2005 – Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation today announced a joint effort to make the Foundation’s Archive of American Television interviews available for free viewing on Google Video. This historic collection includes interviews with Alan Alda, Dick Wolf, Steven Bochco and many of television’s greatest actors, writers, producers, directors and others.
“The Foundation’s Archive of American Television is probably the most diverse, complete and fascinating resource of its kind. The stories are told through the eyes of the creative geniuses – in front of and behind the cameras – who shaped and continue to shape television into the most powerful medium in the world,” Steve Mosko, Chairman of the Television Academy Foundation, commented. “Google has been fantastic. They learned of our need to make our interviews more accessible and stepped up to make it happen. This relationship is a perfect marriage of irreplaceable content and one of the most powerful delivery systems in the world.”
Today, the first 75 of the 284 historic films (which equals to about 240 viewing hours) can be watched on Google Video at http://video.google.com. The collection includes a virtual “who’s who” from the past 75 years of television. The comprehensive list of actors, producers, show creators, writers, artists, journalists and directors includes:
* Performers : Alan Alda, Sid Caesar, Diahann Carroll, Ossie Davis, Phyllis Diller, Michael J. Fox, Andy Griffith, Robert Guillaume, Florence Henderson, Angela Lansbury, William Shatner, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, and James Garner
* Producer/Creators : Dick Wolf, Steven Bochco, Dick Clark, Sherwood Schwartz, Norman Lear, Grant Tinker, David Wolper, and Carl Reiner
* Directors, Executives, Artists : James Burrows, John Frankenheimer, Bob Mackie, Gene Reynolds and Ted Turner
Today, if a user enters the query [academy of television] into the Google Video search box at http://video.google.com they will see a results page featuring the first 75 interviews from the Academy.
“This important archive has found a home on Google Video where anyone in the world whether it’s a student, aspiring actor or historian can have immediate and free access to this cultural asset,” said Susan Wojcicki Vice President of Product Management for Google Video. “Today we’re demonstrating how the Web can help to distribute all kinds of content that may not have otherwise been widely available. We’re happy to join with the Foundation to preserve the rich history of television by showcasing the individuals who pioneered the medium.”
“We are very excited to be working with Google Video to help us unlock these interviews and make them accessible to students, journalists, researchers and television fans around the world,” said Terri Clark, Executive Director of the Television Academy Foundation. “This will be the first time users can watch and search these full uncut interviews online.” Clark and Michael Rosen, Executive Producer of the Archive, are working closely with Google on the day-to-day management of the project.
About the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation
Established as the charitable arm of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1959, the Foundation draws from Television Academy resources to develop and sponsor educational and archival programs such as a Student Internship Program, College Television Awards, Faculty Seminar and the Archive of American Television. Foundation programs focus on career guidance and professional development, student achievement, diversity and the documentation of television’s rich history and continued evolution. More information about the Archive of American Television is available at http://www.emmys.org/foundation/archive.
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