Directing for Television: Conversations with American TV Directors

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Though not as celebrated or as widely-known as film directors, TV directors face tremendous creative challenges in their work. Putting on a new episode of situation comedy every four days or directing the Super Bowl or a live news event requires great skill and discipline. "Directing for Television" looks at the work of more than two dozen directors and examines their role in the complex process of TV production. This book is a reappraisal of what TV directors do and how they do it. It is the result of five years of conversations with directors representing virtually every part of the TV schedule. Author Brian Rose explores the craft and artistry directors utilize in coming to terms with each of the major TV formats. Among genres discussed are late-night television (with directors Jerry Foley of "The Late Show with David Letterman" and Ellen Brown of the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno"), news magazines (with Arthur Bloom of "60 Minutes"), network newscasts (with the directors of "ABC World News Tonight", "NBC Nightly News" and the "CBS Evening News"), soap operas (with veteran directors David Pressman and Larry Auerbach), afternoon talk shows (with the directors of the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and the "Maury Povich Show"), sports (with directors Bob Fishman of CBS Sports and Doug Wilson of ABC Sports), and dance specials (with director Stve Binder of the 1968 Elvis Presley comeback special and Diana Ross's concert in Central Park). Other formats include news specials, early morning talk shows, prime time comedy and drama, pilots and local newscasts. "Directing for Television" provides a fascinating inside look at the challenges of TV directing, such as the impact of new technologies, the never-ending pressure of time and economics, and the role of the TV director in a producer-oriented environment. Of interest to TV production students interested in the techniques and creative approaches to TV directing, industry professionals concerned with how directors approach their craft, and students and teachers of TV production, criticism and history.

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