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William Knoedelseder (born 1947), is an American author, former Los Angeles Times business writer, television producer and news executive.

William Knoedelseder
Born1947 (age 71–72)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
OccupationAuthor, business writer, TV producer, news executive
SubjectEntertainment, business
Notable worksStiffed
Bitter Brew


Early life and educationEdit

Knoedelseder, who is from St. Louis, Missouri,[1] graduated with a bachelor of arts in English literature[2] from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.[3]


Knoedelseder was a reporter from 1977 to 1989 for the Los Angeles Times. He also produced news for Knight Ridder, Fox and the USA Network.[4]

His articles in the 1980s into corrupt practices in the record business formed the basis for his book Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business and the Mafia.[5]

In 2012, his book Bitter Brew, which spans five generations of the Busch family and the foreign takeover of Anheuser-Busch, made New York Times Bestseller list.[6] Lionsgate Television optioned the book as a television series.[7]

Knoedelseder executive produced two television documentaries — Something’s Got to Give, a 1990 two-hour special for Fox about Marilyn Monroe,[8] and All the Presidents’ Movies,[9] a three-hour 2003 special for Bravo that described the viewing habits of modern U.S. presidents.

Knoedelseder worked as a television producer and executive creating news programs and documentaries for Fox, Disney, Knight-Ridder, Bravo and USA Broadcasting. As vice president of news at USA, he oversaw the launch of a nightly news program on WAMI-TV in Miami titled "The Times."[10] Miami New Times named it “Best Newscast in South Florida.”


  • Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer (2012), ISBN 0062009265
  • I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy's Golden Age (2010), ISBN 1586488961
  • In Eddie's Name: One Family's Triumph over Tragedy (with co-author Bryn Freedman) (1999), ISBN 0571199240
  • Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business and the Mafia (1993), ISBN 0060167459


  1. ^ "Author William Knoedelseder interview for new book "Fins"". KTVI Fox 2 Now. 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Media Coverage: October 2018". 1 November 2018.
  3. ^ Ellin, Xandra. "UMSL alum, best-selling author's book chronicling heyday of US auto industry 'not a book about cars'". St. Louis Public Radio.
  4. ^ "William Knoedelseder". Los Angeles Review of Books.
  5. ^ Bruce Haring. "'Stiffed' delves into controversial MCA cutout deal". Variety. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  6. ^ Taylor, Ihsan. "Best Sellers - The New York Times". Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  7. ^ "Bitter Brew: New book details Busch IV's spiral into drugs, guns, paranoia". Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  8. ^ John J. O'Connor. Published: December 13, 1990 (1990-12-13). "Review/Television; Rediscovered Scenes Of Marilyn Monroe In a Last, Failed Film - New York Times". Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  9. ^ Ted Johnson Legal Editor @tedstew. "Now playing at the White House". Variety. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  10. ^ "BOOK REVIEW: 'I'm Dying Up Here' Explores Beginnings of Standup Comedy in Mid-1970s Los Angeles; When Leno and Letterman Were Buddies - Huntington News Network". Huntington: Retrieved 2013-03-27.

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