Brandon Tartikoff Letters Donated To USC

The USC School Of Cinematic Arts will be the new home of famed TV executive Brandon Tartikoff’s thousands of pieces of professional and private correspondences as part of a donation by his widow Lilly Tartikoff. The architect of NBC’s longtime run as the No. 1 network with such hits as The Cosby Show, Miami Vice, The Golden Girls, Cheers, Hill Street Blues and Family Ties was the youngest programming chief in the network’s history. he died of cancer in 1997. USC alum George Lucas urged the gift of Tartikoff’s writings — including programming and project evaluations, industry addresses, speeches, presentations, and press interviews — which will be made available to scholars for study after they are received in the fall. “We are very grateful to Lilly Tartikoff for this unique and generous gift,” Lucas said. “It is a staggering collection for students of television and popular culture, providing rare insight into the mind and achievements of arguably one of the most prominent and influential creative executives in television history.”

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