Pat Weaver, TV Pioneer (and father of Sigourney) Dies

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  1. Peter Kline

    Peter Kline Cinematographer

    Feb 9, 1999
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    'Pat' Weaver dies; pioneer NBC TV exec

    March 18, 2002

    Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, who created NBC's "Today" and "Tonight" shows, brought opera and a flurry of new commercials to TV as he shaped the way Americans watched the infant medium, has died. He was 93. The father of actress Sigourney Weaver died Friday of pneumonia at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., his wife, Elizabeth, said by telephone Saturday night. Weaver worked at NBC from 1949, when there were only 2 million TV sets in the country, until 1956, when he resigned as chairman of the board. "Pat Weaver was the first major creative force in television programming and one of the most innovative executives in the history of television. NBC chairman and CEO Robert Wright said. "Pat's influence on NBC is still seen by millions of viewers every day." When Weaver first joined NBC, TV was run on the radio model. Sponsors owned shows, controlled their content and sometimes even dictated when they aired. Weaver's ideas took away some of that control. He had the network produce its own shows and then sell commercial time to several advertisers, helping fund the medium. (AP)
  2. MatthewA

    MatthewA Lead Actor

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    Boy, NBC's gotten that bad? [​IMG]
    Seriously, it's very sad what has happened. NBC will never be what it once was.

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