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

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Series II.B. Video Group Vice President Gerald Levin Files, 1979-1983. 2.3 Linear feet in 4 records cartons

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) which was a premium subscription cable channel. 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

Vice President Gerald Levin Files cover the period of 1979 to 1983 and focus on the finances and operations of the Video Group and the companies within it. While Levin mainly served as Video Group vice president during this period, he also served as Home Box Office (HBO) chairman from 1974 to 1979 and 1982 to 1983. Since the majority of materials focus on his work as Video Group vice president, these materials have their own series rather than being included with his HBO-focused materials. Included in this series are special equities investment reports, memoranda on the sale of WOTV stations, financial statements, re-estimate reports, financial reports, Grand Rapids Broadcast Division and Time-Life Broadcast financial reports, press releases, agreements, revenue reports, balance sheets, event booklets, legal filings, clippings, press kits, annual securities reports on American Family Corporation, reports on retirement income plans, Time-Life Broadcast strategic plans, WOTV transmitter review reports, Time-Life Films budgets, TV Cable Week reports, issues of  TV Cable Week, lists of presentation attendees, magazine prototypes, outlines of acquisition deals, presentation pamphlets, lists of employee contracts, clippings, profit and loss statements, non-theatric market reports, presentation outlines,  Search for Alexander the Great scripts, and correspondence. The correspondence included in this series discuss bonuses, appropriations, the sale and purchase of WOTV, finances, revenue, sales, national cable convention, budgets, project pitch, new acquisitions, contract modification proposals, contract terminations, five-year plans, monthly and weekly activity updates, operating incomes, project overviews, project reviews, and distribution plan.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 9-10 BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: R57 BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) [RESTRICTED]
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 11 "Fort Apache, The Bronx": Lawsuit
1980-1981
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 12-13 Television Cable Magazine
1982-1983
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 14 Television Cable Week: STV
1983
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 15-17 Time-Life Films
1980-1982
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 18 Time-Life Films: Employee Agreements
1981
Offsite-Box: R57 Time-Life Films: Executive Employment Agreements [RESTRICTED]
1980
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 19-20 Time-Life Films: Financial Statements
1979-1981
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 21 Time-Life Films: Five Year Plan
1980
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 22 Time-Life Films: Lucas Film LTD.
1980
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 23 Time-Life Films: Monthly Reports
1979
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 24 Time-Life Films: Preliminary Budget
1980
Offsite-Box: 3345 Folder : 25 Time-Life Films: Search for Alexander the Great: Candidates for Cast and Host
1980
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 1 Time-Life Films: Search for Alexander the Great: Candidates for Director
1980
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 2 Time-Life Films: Search for Alexander the Great: Exhibit
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 3 Time-Life Films: Search for Alexander the Great: Marketing Plan Package
1981
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 4-5 Time-Life Films: Search for Alexander the Great: Project
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: R57 Time-Life Films: Search for Alexander the Great: Project [RESTRICTED]
1978
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 6 Time-Life Films: Search for Alexander the Great: Script: Part I: The Young Lion
1980
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 7 Time-Life Films: Search for Alexander the Great: Script: Part II: The Young Conqueror
1980
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 8 Time-Life Films: Search for Alexander the Great: Script: Part III: The Conquest of the Persian Empire
1980
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 9 Time-Life Films: Search for Alexander the Great: Part IV: The Last March
1980
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 10-11 Time-Life Films: Twentieth Century Fox
1979-1981
Offsite-Box: R57 Time-Life Films: Twentieth Century Fox [RESTRICTED]
1979
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 12 Time-Life Films: Video Club
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 13 Time-Life Films: Weekly Reports
1979
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 14 Time-Life Video: Production
1982
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 15-18 WOTV
1979-1982
Offsite-Box: R57 WOTV [RESTRICTED]
1982
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 19 WOTV: Budget: 1982
1981
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 20-21 WOTV: Financial Statements
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: R57 WOTV: Financial Statements [RESTRICTED]
1980
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 22-23 WOTV: Five Year Plan
1980-1981
Offsite-Box: 3346 Folder : 24-25 WOTV: Grand Rapids
1980-1982
Offsite-Box: 3347 Folder : 1 WOTV: Grand Rapids: Budget Meeting: 1980 November 24
1980
Offsite-Box: 3347 Folder : 2 WOTV: Israel, Larry
1980-1981
Offsite-Box: R57 WOTV: Israel, Larry [RESTRICTED]
1980
Offsite-Box: 3347 Folder : 3-4 WOTV: Potential Buyer
1980-1981
Offsite-Box: 3347 Folder : 5 WOTV: Salaries and Bonuses
1979-1981
Offsite-Box: 3347 Folder : 6-7 WOTV: Sale
1980-1982
Offsite-Box: 3347 Folder : 8 WOTV: STARS (Systemized Television Advertising for Retail Sales)
1980
Offsite-Box: 3347 Folder : 9-10 WOTV: Time-Life Broadcast: Financial Statement
1980-1983

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