The creator and producer of Emmy Award-winning television series All In the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son and The Jeffersons, Norman Lear is a pioneer of a genre of programming that addresses pressing social issues with unusual candor. He is the founder and chairman of Act III Communications, a multimedia holding company with interests in the recording, motion picture, broadcasting, publishing and licensing industries. In 1980, Lear formed People For the American Way, which defends constitutional freedoms.More
Television pioneer Norman Lear's old-word charm is in clear evidence during his conversation with BusinessWeek Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler. The Emmy Award-winning creator and producer of All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, and The Jeffersons, Lear talks about his career and the challenges of social activism in television, as well as his work as a philanthropist. With his charming and confiding tone, Lear warms up the audience with his anecdotes, including ones on the networks' reaction to All in the Family and on Mickey Rooney being cast as Archie Bunker.
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