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Guide to the Time Inc. Video Group Records
1934-1989
 MS 3009-RG 41

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Series VII.B. Time-Life Films: Video Division Records, 1974-1983. 7 Linear feet 10 in records cartons

Historical Note

It is unclear when the Video Division first existed within Time-Life Films. The first evidence of its existence is in a January 1978 department head lists which includes a consumer video group within the special projects division of Time-Life Films. By November 1978, consumer video is moved to the developmental projects division. In 1979, the developmental projects division is gone and replaced by the video enterprise division. The following year, the division is called the video division. By 1981, Time-Life Films only appears sporadically in department heads list. At around the same time, a new subsidiary appears in the lists called Time-Life Video. It is unclear if Time-Life Video grew out of the Video Division of Time-Life Films or if it was a wholly new creation.

Citation:

Personnel and Organization: Department Head Lists. Time Inc. Reference Files (MS 3009-RG 3), New-York Historical Society.

Scope and Contents

The Time-Life Films: Video Division Records cover the period of 1974 to 1983 and mainly contain vice president Richard Schilling's office files and materials related to the short-lived Time-Life Video Club.

Arrangement

The Time-Life Films: Video Division Records are arranged into two subseries:

Subseries VII.B.1 Vice President of Programming and Production Richard Schilling Files
Subseries VII.B.2. Time-Life Video Club Files

Subseries VII.B.1 Vice President of Programming and Production Richard Schilling Files, 1974-1982. 5.95 Linear feet in 8 records cartons

Biographical Note

Richard Schilling first appears on department head lists in 1978 as the vice president of multimedia within Time-Life Films. In 1979, Schilling is moved to the video enterprises division of Time-Life Films where he remains the vice president of multimedia. The following year, Schilling's title is changed and he is named the vice president of programming and production of the video division of Time-Life Films. Schilling remains in this position until June of 1981 when he moved to Time-Life Video. Within this new subsidiary, Schilling maintains the same title that he held within Time-Life Films. After 1982, Schilling no longer appears on department head lists.

Citation:

Personnel and Organization: Department Head Lists. Time Inc. Reference Files (MS 3009-RG 3), New-York Historical Society.

Scope and Contents

The Vice President of Programming and Production Richard Schilling Files cover the period of 1974 to 1982. While some of the materials in this series were creating when Schilling was the vice president of multimedia, the majority of materials are from his time as vice president of programming and production. Included in this series are correspondence and subject files.

Arrangement

The Vice President of Programming and Production Richard Schilling Files are arranged into two subsubseries:

Subsubseries VII.B.1.a. Chronological Files
Subsubseries VII.B.1.b. Subject Files

Subsubseries VII.B.1.a. Chronological Files, 1975-1980. 2.19 Linear feet in 4 records cartons

Scope and Contents

The Chronological Files cover the period of 1975 to 1980 and focus on the finances and legal concerns of the Video Division. A chronological file, sometimes called a chron file, is kept to document daily activities of an office and are kept in chronological order. While majority of the materials were created while Schilling was part of the video division, there are some documents from when he was vice president of multimedia for Time-Life Films. Correspondence included in this subsubseries discuss revenue, orders, invoices, negotiations, agreements, sales, clearances, reputation, promotion for new series and books, staffing, meetings, insurance policies, possible projects, licensing, income, rights extensions, shipments, back log of contractual work, distribution, department reviews, and revenue.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3371 Folder : 21-28 Chronological Files
1975-1977
Offsite-Box: 3373 Folder : 1-17 Chronological Files
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: 3374 Folder : 1-9 Chronological Files
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: R57 Chronological Files [RESTRICTED]
1975-1980

Subsubseries VII.B.1.b. Subject Files, 1973-1982. 4.26 Linear feet in 7 records cartons

Scope and Contents

The Subject Files cover the period of 1973 to 1982 and focus on the financing and promotion as well as possible future projects and legal issues. Included are clippings, proposals to the corporation for public broadcasting, press releases, programs, evaluation process agendas and Q and As, course reports, agreements, scripts, lists of titles from the production company EMI, lists of EMI units ordered, weekly Television Digest issues, newsletters, press kits, program outlines, book outlines, promotional booklets, financial analysis, invoices, lists of users, promotional mailers, booking schedules, copies of catalog records, lists of consultants, project reports, notes on reactions, blank questionnaires for consultants, Shakespeare in the classroom report, Shakespeare task force reports, lists of possible future projects, viewers guides to Shakespeare, Shakespeare on film newsletters, press kits, music cue sheet, lists of possible contributors, lists of co-productions sales and finances, sales forecasts, program evaluation cards, list of award winners, reports on BBC kids programming, sound effect library catalogs, and correspondence. Correspondence discusses reviews, television in college courses, sales, agreements, English as a second language, pricing policies, finances, critiques, effective writing techniques for executives, training, litigation, copyright, underwriters, university courses, clearance, agreements, distribution, screenings, rights, print library, marketing, promotion plan,  March of Time, meeting summaries, contracts, masters of co-productions, recording/retention policies, multimedia expectations, preliminary work, project pitches, and status updates.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3374 Folder : 10 All the World's a Stage
1978-1980
Offsite-Box: 3374 Folder : 11 American Labor History [EMPTY]
undated
Offsite-Box: 3374 Folder : 12 Anno Domini: South Korea [EMPTY]
undated
Offsite-Box: 3374 Folder : 13-16 BBC
1973-1980
Offsite-Box: R57 BBC [RESTRICTED]
1973
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 1-2 BBC
1976-1981
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 3-5 BBC: Clearances
1971-1982
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 6 BBC: Editing Issue
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 7 BBC: Further Education
1975-1980
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 8 BBC: Kelly's File
1974-1976
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 9 BBC Publications
1978-1981
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 10 BBC Radio
1978
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 11 BBC Records
1978
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 12 BBC: USA
1975-1977
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 13 Co-Productions
1976-1982, undated
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 14 Co-Productions: Possibilities
1977-1979
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 15 E: Miscellaneous [EMPTY]
undated
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 16 The Economic Society
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 17 Educational Development Center: Harvard
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 18 Eductronics
1973-1974
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 19 EduTech
1977-1978
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 20-21 Effective Writing for Executives
1978-1982
Offsite-Box: R58 Effective Writing for Executives [RESTRICTED]
1980
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 22 Ellington, Duke
1982
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 23 EMI Videograms Inc.
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: R58 EMI Videograms Inc. [RESTRICTED]
1979
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 24-27 Erie County BOCES: Copyright
1977-1982
Offsite-Box: R58 Erie County BOCES: Copyright [RESTRICTED]
1977-1980
Offsite-Box: 3375 Folder : 28 F: Miscellaneous [EMPTY]
undated
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 1-2 FilmsPlus
1978, undated
Offsite-Box: R58 Food, Wine and Friends [RESTRICTED]
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 3 Fox
1980
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 4 Fox, Harry: Agency
1980
Offsite-Box: R58 Franklin Media [RESTRICTED]
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 5 Gateway Productions
1975-1977
Offsite-Box: R58 Gateway Productions [RESTRICTED]
1977
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 6 Gathering Storm
1978
Offsite-Box: R58 Glass Menagerie [RESTRICTED]
1980
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 7 Go Play in a Nuclear Power Park
1977
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 8 Good Guys Wear Black
1979
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 9 Great Moments in Sports
1975
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 10 Great Wallendas
undated
Offsite-Box: R58 Halloween [RESTRICTED]
1980-1981
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 11 Hancock, John
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: R58 Hancock, John [RESTRICTED]
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: R58 Harper Valley PTA [RESTRICTED]
1980-1981
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 12-14 HBO
1975-1981
Offsite-Box: R58 HBO [RESTRICTED]
1980
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 15 HBO Sports
1979
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 16 I: Miscellaneous
1981
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 17 J: Miscellaneous [EMPTY]
undated
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 18 Jazz on a Summer's Day
1979-1981
Offsite-Box: R58 Jazz on a Summer's Day [RESTRICTED]
1982
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 19 Jazz Projects
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: R58 Jones, Grace [RESTRICTED]
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 20 K: Miscellaneous [EMPTY]
undated
Offsite-Box: R58 Keys, Gary: Productions [RESTRICTED]
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 21 Kid From Left Field
1980
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 22 King Features
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 23 Kinks
1979-1982
Offsite-Box: R58 Kinks [RESTRICTED]
1979-1981
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 24 Kino International Corporation
1980-1982
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 25 Korty Films
1979-1981
Offsite-Box: R58 Korty Films [RESTRICTED]
1979
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 26 L: Miscellaneous [EMPTY]
undated
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 27 Leakey, Richard: In Search of Man
1979-1981
Offsite-Box: R58 Licensed Movies [RESTRICTED]
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 28 Life Goes to the Movies
1974-1977
Offsite-Box: R58 Life Goes to the Movies [RESTRICTED]
1978
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 29 Life Goes to War
1977-1978
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 30 Life on Earth
1977-1981
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 31 Lincoln Show
1980
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 32 Listening
1982
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 33-34 Lloyd, Harold: Films
1976-1981
Offsite-Box: R58 Lloyd, Harold: Films [RESTRICTED]
1976-1978
Offsite-Box: 3376 Folder : 35-37 Long Search
1975-1980
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 1 Long Search
undated
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 2-4 Management Skills for Supervisors
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 5 March of Time Correspondence
1975-1980
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 6 Marlin Motion Pictures
1981
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 7 Masters and Johnson
1980
Offsite-Box: R58 Masters and Johnson [RESTRICTED]
1980
Offsite-Box: R58 Matsushita Electronic Corporation of America [RESTRICTED]
1974
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 8 Mattel Electronics
1980
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 9 MCA
1980
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 10 McGraw Hill Films
1977
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 11 McHale Productions
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: R58 McHale Productions [RESTRICTED]
1977
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 12 Meatballs
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 13 Media Basics
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 14 Media Home Entertainment
1980-1981
Offsite-Box: R58 Media Home Entertainment [RESTRICTED]
1981
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 15-16 Media Probes
1977-1982
Offsite-Box: R58 Media Probes [RESTRICTED]
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 17 Meisel, Tony
1980
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 18 Mendelson, Lee
1980
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 19 Merrill Lynch
1978
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 20 Metropolitan Museum of Art: Producer
1975-1977
Offsite-Box: R58 Metropolitan Museum of Art: Producer [RESTRICTED]
1977
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 21 Microbes and Men
1976
Offsite-Box: R58 Midwest Film Productions [RESTRICTED]
1980
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 22-23 Proposals
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: R58 Rust Never Sleeps [RESTRICTED]
1979-1981
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 24 Search for Alexander
1981
Offsite-Box: 3377 Folder : 25-27 Shakespeare
1975-1978
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 1-6 Shakespeare
1975-1979
Offsite-Box: R58 Shakespeare [RESTRICTED]
1978
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 7 Shock of the New
1980

Subseries VII.B.2. Time-Life Video Club Files, 1979-1983. 1.05 Linear feet in 3 records cartons

Historical Note

The Time-Life Home Video Service was first proposed in 1978 as subscription service that would distribute and sell pre-recorded and blank video cassettes to private consumers. The service was officially launched in 1979 as the Time-Life Video Club. At the time the service officially launched, the Video Division decided to follow the model used by the Book-of-the-Month Club, another subsidiary of Time Inc., and only distribute pre-recorded content. The content offered included feature films, dramas, comedies, children's' shows, sports, and how-to's. Much of the advertising and launch campaign for this service was handled by the Book-of-the-Month Club.

After the service's launch, the Time-Life Video Club was faced with a variety of problems. One of the main issues was that the service could not secure the rights to enough lucrative films. Without these titles, the Time-Life Video Club was not able to promote the service in the way that they had originally planned leading to unfavorable sales. Due to these issues, Time Inc. sold the Video Club to Vestron Inc. in 1981.

Citation:

Time-Life Films: Time-Life Video Club: 1978-1981. Time Inc. Subject Files (MS 3009-RG 1), New-York Historical Society

Scope and Contents

The Time-Life Video Club Files cover the period of 1979 to 1983 and focus on the service's finances as well as its sale to Vestron. Included in this subseries are financial proposals, agreement outlines, market evaluations, notes on finances, consumer video report, Time-Life Video Club catalogs, weekly sales reports, financial reports, design proposals, sales and enrollment analysis, contracts and agreements, program lists, rights summary reports, marketing plans, multimedia catalogs, invoices, and correspondence. The correspondence discuss proposed deals, finances, consumer videos, bulletin changes, design proposals, contracts and agreements, requests for information about rights, revenue, and sales.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 8 Agreements and Contracts
1980
Offsite-Box: R58 Agreements and Contracts [RESTRICTED]
1980
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 9 Assumptions
1981
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 10 AVCO Embassy Pictures Co.
1979
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 11 Billing and Finances
1980
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 12 Book of the Month Club
1981
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 13 Cinema 5 Consumer Video
1981
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 14 Club Sales Progress Reports
1980
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 15 Club Shutdown Analysis
1981
Offsite-Box: R58 Club Shutdown Analysis [RESTRICTED]
1981
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 16-17 Financial Analysis
1979-1983
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 18 International Video Valuation
1980
Offsite-Box: R58 International Video Valuation [RESTRICTED]
1980
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 19 Invoices
undated
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 20 Kinks: P&L: Retail
1980
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 21 Kinks: Sales Report: Retail
1981
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 22 New Chart of Accounts
1981
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 23 Notes
undated
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 24 Participation/Royalty Reports
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 3378 Folder : 25 Profit and Sales Analysis
undated
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 1 Program Lists
1979
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 2 Retail Ledger Entries
1980-1981
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 3 Rough Print Outs: February 4 and 5
1981
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 4 Sales and Promotional Cassettes
1980
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 5 Set of Print Outs
1981
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 6 Theatrical Scenarios: February 9 and 10
1981
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 7 Theatrical Model: 5 Year Plan
1980
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 8 Time-Life Films: Staff Cassette Purchases
undated
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 9 Time-Life Video: Club Bulletins
1979-1981
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 10 Time-Life Video: Consumer Video Financial Report
1980
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 11 Time-Life Video: Consumer Video Report
undated
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 12 Time-Life Video: Retail/International
undated
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 13 Vestron Agreement
1981
Offsite-Box: 3372 Folder : 14 Video Club Rights Inventory
1980-1981

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