David Salzman

David Elliot Salzman (born December 1, 1943) is an American television producer and businessman. Salzman has been involved in a number of industries that include television news and entertainment, feature films, live theater, sports, and musical events.[1][2]

David Salzman
Born (1943-12-01) December 1, 1943 (age 77)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationTelevision producer
Years active1960s–present

Early lifeEdit

Salzman was raised in Brooklyn, New York.[2][1] He earned his college degree from Brooklyn College, during which he had a stint at The New York Times.[1][2] He was accepted into the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After speaking with numerous journalists, he was dissuaded from attending Columbia due to "the declining nature of the business". He decided to attend the Mass communications program at Wayne State University.[1]


The Lou Gordon ShowEdit

Salzman's career in the entertainment industry started during his years at Wayne State when he was a producer on the popular Detroit television talk program, The Lou Gordon Show, on Channel 50.[3][2][4] Salzman wrote, produced, booked guests, and even did makeup; the show attracted many big celebrities.[5] An interview with Michigan Governor George Romney inadvertently ended his Presidential campaign in 1968.[3][6]

KDKA (first stint)Edit

After, Salzman joined Group W, Westinghouse's family of television stations, and moved up the ranks beginning with the CBS affiliate KDKA in Pittsburgh as news director from 1970 to 1972.[2][7][8][9]


Later in 1972, Salzman moved to Philadelphia, where he became the station manager at KYW.[10][9] During his time as station manager, he was an executive producer on The Mike Douglas Show.[2][6]

KDKA (second stint)Edit

In 1974, he moved back to Pittsburgh to become the general manager of KDKA until 1975.[11][2][8]

Group W ProductionsEdit

Salzman was elevated to Group W Productions headquarters in New York City and was named chairman of the board.[10][12] He launched the syndicated strip programs Everyday and The Peter Marshall Show while running Group W.[2][9][13]


He moved to Los Angeles in 1978 and left Group W to create NIWS (News Informational Weekly Service), a nationally syndicated news service. NIWS ran in over 200 domestic markets, providing pre-packaged human interest news stories that subscriber stations could incorporate into their local broadcasts. Salzman quickly became a pioneer in the news industry.[14][10]


Salzman joined the nascent company Telepictures as a partner with Michael Garin and Michael Solomon.[10][12] At Telepictures, they acquired syndicated television rights to older programs such as My Favorite Martian, Here's Lucy, and the Rankin-Bass library of stop-motion animated television specials, and would sell them both domestically and internationally. Telepictures quickly moved into original production with syndicated mainstays Love Connection, and the original The People's Court with Judge Joseph Wapner. Television movies and miniseries production followed, with notable productions such as Murder in Texas and World War III.[2][15][6]


In 1985, Salzman and Telepictures acquired Lorimar. With Lorimar-Telepictures, Salzman assumed the office of the president and ran the first-run and syndication television production units.[10][12][2] Including existing hit drama shows that Lorimar had already created (Dallas, Knots Landing, and Falcon Crest), Lorimar-Telepictures remained relevant in the industry by going on to produce new situation comedies such as Full House, The Hogan Family, ALF, and Perfect Strangers.[16] These series were produced at the Lorimar-Telepictures Studios (formerly MGM Studios), which is now Sony Pictures Entertainment.[17]

Warner Bros. buyoutEdit

In 1989, Lorimar-Telepictures was acquired by Warner Bros.[18] Salzman became President of Warner Bros. Television, where he also oversaw sales and marketing operations for television cable and satellite companies outside of the U.S. Warner Bros. expanded international telecommunications interests.[2][1][19][20][21]

Quincy Jones-David Salzman EntertainmentEdit

Still under the Warner banner, Salzman co-founded Quincy Jones-David Salzman Entertainment with Quincy Jones, which produced well-known shows such as Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and In the House.[10][12][2][17][8] In 1995, Salzman and Jones produced the 1996 Academy Awards.[10][2] In 1996, Salzman was an Executive Producer on the Academy Award-nominated short-film Brooms.[22] In the following year, Salzman produced the movie Steel starring NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal. Salzman has produced more than 15,000 hours of television, including fifteen seasons of MADtv.[1] In addition, Salzman has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, one Daytime Emmy, and two Writers Guild of America Awards.[10][23][24][25] Salzman also produced the 1993 Clinton Presidential Inauguration event at the Lincoln Memorial with Jones, along with the Concert of the Americas.[14][26][1] With Jones, Salzman also co-owned Vibe and Spin Magazine.[12]

Television stationsEdit

In a return to his roots, Salzman has co-owned several television stations. Early on in his career, Salzman sold a license for a WB station in Syracuse.[27] Soon after, Salzman founded and owned KCWE in Kansas City and co-founded and co-owned WBWB in Louisville.[28] He also oversaw the station group for the minority-run QWEST Broadcasting Stations with partners Sonia Salzman, Geraldo Rivera, Willie Davis, Don Cornelius, and Tribune Media.[29][30] In addition to this, he also owned WATL in Atlanta, KMID in Midland, WSPR in Springfield, and WNOL in New Orleans, which he eventually sold the license to News Corp.[30][31][32]

AMGEN Tour of CaliforniaEdit

In 2006, Salzman co-founded the AMGEN Tour of California. The Tour of California is the only event on the top-level World Tour in the United States and is America's largest professional cycling event.[1][33]


Year Title Role
1961–1981 The Mike Douglas Show executive producer[34][6]
1965–1977 The Lou Gordon Show producer[3][6]
1976–1977 The Peter Marshall Variety Show executive producer
1978 Everyday executive producer[13][34]
1978–1991 Dallas Oversaw Production as chairman and president of Lorimar Telepictures[34][17]
1979–1984 Real People Oversaw Production as chairman and president of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1979–1993 Knots Landing Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1981–1993 The People's Court Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[2][34]
1981–1990 Falcon Crest Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1983–1994 Love Connection Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1986–1990 ALF Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1986–1991 The Hogan Family Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1986–1993 Perfect Strangers Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1987–1988 Max Headroom Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34][17]
1987–1989 She's the Sheriff Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1987–1995 Full House Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1988 Aaron's Way Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1988–1991 Midnight Caller Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1990 Trump Card Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[35]
1990–1996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air producer[34][17]
1991 The Jesse Jackson Show executive producer[36][34]
1991–1993 Dark Justice executive producer[2][34]
1991–1998 Step by Step Oversaw Production as chairman and President of Lorimar Telepictures[34]
1991–2003 The Jenny Jones Show executive producer[2][34]
1993 1993 Presidential Inauguration executive producer[2][34]
1993 A Cool Like That Christmas executive producer[34]
1994 Concert of the Americas executive producer[34][37]
1994 On Trial executive producer, writer[38][34]
1994 The Roots of Country: Nashville Celebrates the Ryman executive producer[39][34]
1995 The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll executive producer[40][34]
1995–1999 In the House executive producer[34]
1996 The 68th Annual Academy Awards producer[2][34]
1996 Brooms executive producer[41][34]
1997 Steel producer[34]
1997 Lost on Earth executive producer[34]
1997–1998 Vibe executive producer[2][34]
1997–2016 MADtv executive producer[34]
1999 Passing Glory executive producer[34]
2002 The Rerun Show executive producer[34]
2003 Vacuums executive producer[42][34]
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God co-executive producer[34]
2016 MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion executive producer[34]


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  39. ^ "The Roots of Country: Nashville Celebrates the Ryman". June 25, 1994 – via IMDb.
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