Herbert Brodkin

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Born

11/9/1912 , New York City, New York, USA

Died

10/29/1990

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Biography:

The famous description of American television as a "vast wasteland" was not wholly unmerited, but there were those in the TV industry who, from the very early days, fought to make the medium something significant and important; Herbert Brodkin was one of them. A great deal of the more mature and provocative TV drama coming out of New York in the fifties and early sixties was produced under his imprimatur. He masterminded such shows as "The Defenders", "Coronet Blue" and "Brenner", produced several segments of "Playhouse 90", and moved to Europe to supervise "Espionage". He stayed in England to co-produce a movie with Michael Powell called "Sebastian" (1968), but Powell, whose handful of TV drama credits were all for Brodkin, fell out with him when he didn't get to direct the film, too. Brodkin went back into TV, but the medium was changing, and his later years were mostly spent producing good-quality TV movies and one-off dramas.