- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: June 24, 2000
Bold and conservative, charming and ruthless, he embodied the contradictions of America as it came of age. But while he created and ran an empire, he struggled to deal with the people closest to him.
William S. Paley single-handedly transformed - and some would say virtually created - broadcasting in America. The son of a Ukrainian immigrant who became a successful businessman, Paley parlayed a generous sum of his father's money into CBS, building the radio network to greatness using the star system, promoting personalities like George Burns and Gracie Allen.
Through probing interviews with Walter Cronkite, Henry Kissinger, Frank Stanton and many more, this fascinating profile explores the contradictions surrounding the legendary broadcaster. We'll see how he made the jump from radio to TV, building CBS into an institution so respected it was called "the Tiffany Network." But we'll also explore the demons the plagued his personal life, including the scandal that erupted when a former lover killed herself - leaving a suicide note addressed to Paley.
This is the definitive look at the life of a man who still casts a shadow over broadcasting in America.