The concept of motion pictures had been around for about ten years
before Thomas Edison was credited with the first actual movie in 1889.
His invention opened the doors for subsequent leaders and innovators in
the motion picture industry. It was beyond its infancy when the second
decade of the 20th century rolled around; however, without a few
industrious, insightful front-runners, it may have floundered. Likewise,
the television industry has benefited from the hard work and foresight
of several innovators. It’s impossible to single out just a few people
as the parties responsible for any industry’s success; however, there
are some names that standout and are recognized by most of the public.
Movie Genius at Work
The first “boy wonder” title of the movie business is attributed to
Irving Thalberg. Born with a congenital heart condition, Thalberg wasn’t
expected to live beyond thirty, yet he managed to create a legacy hard
to top by Hollywood standards. He began work in the entertainment
industry at Universal Pictures’ New York office as a secretary. He
worked his way up to studio manager at Los Angeles office before leaving
Universal to partner with different studio and his untimely death at
age thirty-seven. Among his contributions to the motion picture industry
were 400+ film productions, introduction of the horror genre, and
grooming such actors as Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, and
Greta Garbo to stardom.
Television Genius at Work
Television was well on its way to being a fixture in every home when
Fred Silverman roared to the forefront of programming on a national
network. He broke new ground with such television sitcoms as the
controversial All in the Family, and the socially conscious M*A*S*H. He
continued his success on other networks by pioneering the mini-series
format and bringing the first realty show into a network’s programming.
Blazing New Frontiers
The entertainment industry has not been left to stagnate. Audiences
demand programming modernization’s to reflect societal and world changes.
Fortunately, the industry continues to supply ingenious men and women
ready to fulfill their viewers’ cravings for attention grabbing
programs. For instance, one glance at the accomplishments listed on a
Marc Shmuger profile page, which includes the first ever accomplishment
of five consecutive number one movie premiers for for any studio, will
assure audiences they can expect groundbreaking, tantalizing movies.
Additionally, television continues to whet the appetites of its viewers
with expanded programming and networks. Realty shows, documentaries,
competitions with viewer voting input, and added diversity to the tried
and true formats have kept audiences happy.
Every invention, no matter how unique in design and application, will
benefit from successors improving on the original idea. Such has been
the case with Edison’s work on motion pictures. Talented people have
developed techniques in filming and projection that have vastly improved
the quality developed for early movies. Likewise, subject matter and
plots have benefited from inventive, original ideas of entertainment
industry executives with the brilliance to gauge their patrons