Watching my fellow IMDb colleague many years ago attracted me to the idea of being a Television program producer.
He was educated at Northwestern University, Frederick De Cordova began his show business career on the stage, and came to Hollywood in the mid-'40s as a dialogue director. He graduated as director in 1945. He spent much of his career at Universal Pictures, where he turned out medium-budget westerns, comedies, and musicals. In the mid-'50s he turned his main focus to television, directing and producing The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950), The Jack Benny Program (1950), and December Bride (1954). Although he directed an occasional feature, he was much more successful on TV, and in 1971 became executive producer of the long-running late-night talk show The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYnyPAkgyvc
Years later, as AP NYC Bureau Chief meeting I had lunch with Don Hewitt, he explained the importance of exceptional sound. Don Hewitt was born on December 14, 1922, in New York City, New York, USA. He was a producer and director, known for 60 Minutes Presents (1968), Who's Who (1977), and Douglas Edwards with the News (1948). He was previously married to Marilyn Berger, Frankie Hewitt, and Mary Weaver. He died on August 19, 2009, in Bridgehampton, New York, USA. https://www.youtube.com/@60minutes
The following documentary makes the best presentation I have seen and heard. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema and our lives through film clips, interviews, and verité footage. It captures the history, impact, and creative process of this art form with insightful, heart-warming, and fun stories told by legendary directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola, and Ryan Coogler, and the sound artists with whom they collaborate. https://pixabay.com/sound-effects/
Few have "ears to hear" the emotional storytelling impact sound plays in so-called visual media. Francis Ford Coppola and Lucas both declare"Sound is half the movie!" Spielberg says, "Our ears lead our eyes to where the story lives." Audiences will discover unsung artists and key sound creatives - Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), Ben Burtt (Star Wars), Gary Rydstrom (Saving Private Ryan), Lora Hirschberg (Inception), Cece Hall (Top Gun), Anna Behlmer (Braveheart) – who create magic for all the movies we love.