On This Day … 24 October

People (Deaths) 1991 – Gene Roddenberry, American captain, screenwriter, and producer, created Star Trek (b. 1921). Gene Roddenberry Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (19 August 1921 to 24 October 1991) was an American television screenwriter, producer and creator of Star Trek: The Original Series, and its sequel spin-off series Star Trek: The Animated Series and Star Trek:… Read More

On This Day … 08 September

Events 1966 – The landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, “The Man Trap“. Star Trek Star Trek is an American science-fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of Star Trek:… Read More

On This Day … 31 August

Events 1897 – Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector. Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison (11 February 1847 to 18 October 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America’s greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion… Read More

What is an Anthology Series?

Introduction An anthology series is a radio, television, or film series that spans through different genres, and presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode, season, segment or short. These usually have a different cast in each episode, but several series in the past, such as Four Star Playhouse, employed… Read More

What is a Miniseries?

Introduction A miniseries (or mini-series) is a television show that tells a story in a predetermined, limited number of episodes. The term “serial” and/or “series” is used in the United Kingdom and in other Commonwealth nations, though its meaning does not necessarily equate to “miniseries” in its usage. Refer to Limited Series and Anthology Series.… Read More

What is a Showrunner?

Introduction A showrunner is the leading producer of a television series. In the United States they are credited as an executive producer and in other countries, such as Canada or Britain, simply as a producer. A showrunner has creative and management responsibility of a television series’ production through combining the responsibilities of employer and, in… Read More

What is a Television Producer?

Introduction A television producer is a person who oversees one or more aspects of video production on a television programme. Some producers take more of an executive role, in that they conceive new programs and pitch them to the television networks, but upon acceptance they focus on business matters, such as budgets and contracts. Other… Read More

On This Day … 20 May

Events 1891 – History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope. Kinetoscope The Kinetoscope is an early motion picture exhibition device. The Kinetoscope was designed for films to be viewed by one individual at a time through a peephole viewer window at the top of the device. The Kinetoscope was not… Read More