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

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Samantha Brown and Aleksandr Gelfand

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 27, 2020
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series VI. Home Box Office Records, 1972-1987. 5.425 Linear feet in 8 record cartons and 1 flat box

Scope and Contents

The Home Box Office Records cover the period of 1972 to 1987 and focus on the launch of Home Box Office (HBO) and early efforts to promote the new cable television channel.

Arrangement

The Home Box Office Records series contains three subseries:

Subseries VI.A. Chairman Gerald Levin Files
Subseries VI.B. Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Glenn Britt Files
Subseries VI.C. Advertising and Sales Training Materials

Subseries VI.A. Chairman Gerald Levin Files, 1972-1981. 3.775 Linear feet in 7 record cartons and 1 flat box

Biographical Note

Gerald Levin began working at Time Inc. in 1972 when he was hired as vice president of programing at Home Box Office (HBO). In 1974, he was promoted to chairman of HBO and remained in this position until 1980 when he left HBO to work as vice president of Time Inc.'s Video Group. Levin returned to HBO as chairman in 1982. While resuming his previous position at HBO, he did not leave the Video Group and remained the group vice president. Between 1982 and 1983, Levin continued to serve as HBO chairman and Video Group vice president but left both of these positions in 1984 when he joined Time Inc.'s board of directors and became vice president of strategic planning at the corporate level.

Citations:

Lewis, Mark. "Levin's Legacy At AOL Time Warner." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, June 6, 2013. https://www.forbes.com/2002/05/17/0517levin.html#6f13ad7d43bb.

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

Scope and Contents

The Chairman Gerald Levin Files cover the period of 1972 to 1981. The materials in this subseries focus Home Box Office's (HBO) finances as well as early promotional efforts for the new cable television channel. While the majority of materials come from the period that Levin was chairman of HBO's board, there are a few items from the time that Levin was vice president of the Video group. Since the majority of materials are related to his time as HBO chair, the materials have been included in the HBO series. Included in this subseries are cassette tapes, Home Box Office (HBO) channel guides and newsletters, production rate cards, ad drafts, press releases, satellite network maps, clippings, issues of American Way magazine, press kits, preliminary budgets, notes, agreements, staff lists, project proposals, meeting agendas, cable television industry convention guides and pamphlets, Sterling Manhattan television maps, Sterling Communications annual and shareholders reports, employee manuals, re-estimates, two-year and five-year plans, executive meeting summaries, sales volume budgets, cable television booklets, NCTA (National Cable and Telecommunications Association) convention daily magazine and newsletter,  VUE magazines, CATV directories, reports, and correspondence. The reports included discuss the status of projects, subscription sales, task force meetings, budgets, the impact of new rules and regulations, new business acquisitions, Video Group planning conferences, and consumer cable choices. The correspondence discusses budget plans, travel plans, video group performance, via cable work, 5-year plans, Home Box Office (HBO) status updates, lunch meeting agenda, news channel concepts, and HBO News. HBO News was a proposed project that would either be a new cable channel or news show that would broadcast news to HBO subscribers.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3349 Folder : 8 Ad Drafts Sheets
1976
Offsite-Box: 3349 Folder : 9 Advance Program Schedules
undated
Offsite-Box: 3349 Folder : 10 Board Presentation Research
1976
Offsite-Box: 3349 Folder : 11 Budget
1976
Offsite-Box: 3349 Folder : 12 Budget Presentation
1974-1975
Offsite-Box: 3349 Folder : 13 Cable Television Information Sources and Fact Sheet
1972
Offsite-Box: 3349 Folder : 14-15 Cable Television Magazines and Digests
1972-1974
Offsite-Box: 3349 Folder : 16 CATV Magazine and Directory
1972, 1977
Offsite-Box: 3349 Folder : 17 Cool in August with HBO Marketing Tri-fold Stand
undated
Offsite-Box: 3349 Folder : 18 Financial Analysis
1974-1975
Offsite-Box: 3325 Folder : 7 George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award: Presented to HBO and Ms. Magazine
1981
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 1 Five Year Plans
1976-1978
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 2 From HBO Pamphlets
1979
Offsite-Box: 2940 Item : 7 HBO (Home Box Office)

Scope and Contents

Includes audiovisual material:

1 audiotape reel : analog, 7 1/2 ips; 8 1/2 in., 1/4 in. tape. Written on box: "W.O. 5476 7 1/2 ips Home Box Office Produced by: Cox and Pare".

undated
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 3 HBO II
1978-1979
Offsite-Box: R57 HBO II [RESTRICTED]
1979
Offsite-Box: 3350 HBO Binders
undated
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 4 HBO Cassettes

Scope and Contents

Includes audiovisual material:

2 audiocassettes: analog; 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 in. On label: "Home Box Office"

undated
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 5-6 HBO Channel Guide
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 7 HBO Entertainment Guide
1975
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 8-9 HBO Historical File
1975-1981
Offsite-Box: R57 HBO Historical File [RESTRICTED]
1975
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 10-11 HBO Historical Materials
1972-1973
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 12 HBO On Air Guide
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 13 HBO Pay TV Projections through 1990
1979
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 14-17 HBO Program Guides
1972-1976
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 18 HBO Studio Production Rate Card Pamphlets
1974-1976
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 19 HBO/Cinemax Guide
1980
Offsite-Box: 3351 Folder : 20 Magazine and Newspaper Issues
1975-1976
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 1-4 NCTA Conference Booklets
1972-1979
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 5-6 NCTA Conference Magazines and Pamphlets
1972-1977
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 7 New Acquisitions
1972-1978
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 8 News Plus: News Service
1978-1980
Offsite-Box: R57 News Plus: News Service [RESTRICTED]
1978
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 9 News Plus II
1978-1979
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 10 Pay Cable Information Kit
1974
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 11 Pay Cable Pamphlets
undated
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 12 Planning and Policy Committee
1974
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 13 Play the "Movie Memory Game" with HBO This Summer: Tri-Fold Marketing Stand
1975
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 14 Preliminary Budget
1974
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 15 Press Kit
1976
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 16 Press Releases and Newsletters
1976
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 17 Satellite Network Map
undated
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 18 Satellite Programming and Network (SPAN) Executive Summary
1973
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 19 Status Reports and Financial Projections
1974
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 20 Sterling Communications: Cable Television and the Impact of Regulations Report
1971
Offsite-Box: 3352 Folder : 21 Sterling Communications Pamphlets and Booklets
1971-1977
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 1 Television and Films Group: Strategic Direction Conference
1976-1977
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 2 Three-Year Plan
1973
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 3 Video Group Planning Conference
1978
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 4 Visions Leather Bi-Fold
undated
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 5 Your Partner in Pay TV Broadcasting Marketing Kit
undated

Subseries VI.B. Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Glenn Britt Files, 1984-1987. 0.5 Linear feet in 2 records cartons

Biographical / Historical

In 1984, Britt was senior vice president of finance for the Video Group. In 1985, he served in the Video Group as senior vice president of finance and senior vice president of finance and planning as well as chief financial officer for Home Box Office (HBO). In 1987, Britt left the Video Group and became corporate treasurer under Time Inc. chief financial officer Thayer Biglow. Charlene Bitzas was administrative assistant to Britt from 1984 to 1987.

Citation:

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

Scope and Contents

The Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Glenn Britt Files cover the period of 1984 to 1987 and contains mainly correspondence. While the majority of materials are from the period where Britt served as vice president at Home Box Office (HBO), there are also materials from when he served as Time Inc. treasurer. In addition to correspondence sent to Britt, there is also correspondence sent to Charlene Bitzas, Britt's assistant. The correspondence included in this subseries discuss guarantees, background research, lunches, reports, meetings, project updates, meeting notes, invoices, schedule, account signatories, budget allotments, reimbursements, operating review, and technology and equipment. In addition to correspondence, there is a small amount of financial ledgers, invoices, document retention lists, call books, press releases, employee goals, and department goals.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 6-10 Bitzas, Charlene: Chronological Correspondence Files
1984-1987
Offsite-Box: R57 Bitzas, Charlene: Chronological Correspondence Files [RESTRICTED]
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 11-14 Britt, Glenn: Chronological Correspondence Files
1984-1987
Offsite-Box: R57 Britt, Glenn: Chronological Correspondence Files [RESTRICTED]
1984-1987
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 15 Hill, Janine
1983-1984
Offsite-Box: R57 Hill, Janine [RESTRICTED]
1983
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 16 Incoming/Outgoing Call Registers
1985-1986
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 17 Uebelhoer, Urban (Pete): Goals and Comps
1984-1985
Offsite-Box: R57 Uebelhoer, Urban (Pete): Goals and Comps [RESTRICTED]
1985-1986

Subseries VI.C. Advertising and Sales Training Materials, 1972-1984. 1.15 Linear feet in 3 record carton and 1 flat box

Scope and Contents

The Advertising and Sales Training Materials cover the period of 1972 to 1984 and mainly contains materials from the launch Home Box Office (HBO) that were used to train new sales staff as well as materials related to early ad campaigns. Additionally, there a group of materials that were sent to the archive in 1984 that contain copies of ads from 1972 when HBO was launched. Included in this subseries are phone books of HBO staff, HBO ad pamphlets, HBO how to sell guide, HBO sales representative Q and A workbooks, notes, sales and financial analysis reports, HBO media handbooks, HBO binder with press kit, packaged HBO sales training cassettes, and sales training manuals. There is also a limited amount of correspondence which discuss pay cable network proposals.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3325 Folder : 8 First Ad Campaign Materials

Scope and Contents

The First Ad Campaign Materials consist of scrapbook pages. These materials were assembled and sent to the archives in 1984 as per the note included with the materials. While the materials were assembled in 1984, the materials on each page were created when HBO was launched in 1972.

1984
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 18 Financial Projections and Analysis
1972
Offsite-Box: 3350 HBO Binder
undated
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 19 Pamphlets
undated
Offsite-Box: 3353 Folder : 20 Phonebook of Contacts: Eastern United States: A-L
1977
Offsite-Box: 3354 Folder : 1 Phonebook of Contacts: Eastern United States: M-Z
1977
Offsite-Box: 3354 Folder : 2 Press/Media Handbook
undated
Offsite-Box: 3354 Folder : 3 Sales Manager Training Guide
1978
Offsite-Box: 3354 Folder : 4 Sales Presentation and Press Kit
undated
Offsite-Box: 3354 Folder : 5 Sales Representative's Question and Answer Workbook
1978
Offsite-Box: 3354 Folder : 6-7 Sales Representative Training Manual
1978
Offsite-Box: 3354 Folder : 8 Sales Training Cassettes

Scope and Contents

Includes audiovisual material:

6 audiocassette : analog; 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 in. On label: "HBO Sell-A-Customer Field Sales Training Program".

undated
Offsite-Box: 3354 Folder : 9 Telephone Sales Program Guidebook
1976

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