Leonard H. Goldenson
As head of the merged American Broadcasting Company and Paramount Pictures, Goldenson became known as the man who “wed television to the movies.” Goldenson was able to convince Disney Studios and Warner Brothers to produce TV shows for ABC, such as series “Maverick,” “Lawman,” and “Colt 45.” When Goldenson took over ABC, the network was in third place in the industry behind CBS and NBC. ABC finally reached the top spot in 1976 thanks to the success of shows like “Laverne and Shirley,” “Bionic Woman,” and “Love Boat.” By 1979, ABC boasted sales of $2 billion.


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