The Paley Center Seminars is an online video archive of the acclaimed seminar series held by The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) in New York and Los Angeles. The seminars feature the leading names in media discussing the creative process, contemporary issues in production, and issues such as the impact of the media on contemporary society. Topics covered range from presidential advertising campaigns to reality shows, from writing sitcoms to the role of the media in the Middle East. The archive includes more than 350 hours of video, with new content added each year in regular updates.
The database includes seminars on movie editing, women in television drama, and representations of gay and lesbian characters, together with panel discussions with the cast and crew of both recent hit shows (The Wire, Mad Men, Heroes, Curb Your Enthusiasm) and television classics such as M*A*S*H, Columbo and Cagney and Lacey.
Highlights of this release - April 2012:
Although television and journalism are the main focus of the collection, many of the seminars were based around documentaries, and so include extensive discussion of the topics covered by those documentaries, be that literature, cinema, music, opera, radio, politics, history or current events.
High-profile participants include J.J. Abrams, Madeleine Albright, Alan Alda, Steve Allen, Robert Altman, Judd Apatow, Steven Bochco, Chris Carter, Glenn Close, Stephen Colbert, Larry David, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Larry Flynt, John Frankenheimer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ricky Gervais, Mikhail Gorbachev, Matt Groening, Nat Hentoff, Ron Howard, Holly Hunter, Garrison Keillor, Henry Kissinger, Michael Moore, Michael Palin, Frank Rich, Thelma Schoonmaker, David Simon, Aaron Sorkin, Jon Stewart, Joel Surnow, Kiefer Sutherland, Liv Ullmann, Gore Vidal, Joss Whedon and Matt Weiner.
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Each year, the Paley Center hosts dozens of live seminars covering news, public affairs and documentaries, performing arts, children's programming, sports, comedy and variety shows, and commercial advertising. The events feature influential newsmakers, world leaders, politicians, journalists, scholars, writers, directors, actors and other creators. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media.
Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.