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A veteran journalist, Morrie Gelman began his career in the New York City mailroom of radio network Mutual Broadcasting System on the cusp of television commanding the attention of the American public. For several years afterwards he worked as an assistant to nationally syndicated columnist Earl Wilson before a brief stint as a general assignment reporter for the New York Post.
Mr.Gelman spent 12 years as senior correspondent for Broadcasting Magazine (now Broadcasting & Cable), working at various times out of that publication's New York, Washington, D.C. and Hollywood offices. While at Broadcasting, Mr. Gelman had the privilege of traveling the country interviewing 125 broadcast pioneers, including Bill Paley and Frank Stanton of CBS as well as Niles Trammell and John Royal of NBC, about their experiences in forming the radio and television industries.
He was West Coast Bureau Chief for Advertising Age and helped establish Electronic Media (now Television Week), both for Crain Communications.
During the latter part of his career, Mr. Gelman spent a total of 10 years on the staff of Daily and Weekly Variety being among the first reporters to cover cable TV, home video, direct broadcast satellite and pay television. For several years he wrote a weekly column under the banner of Madison Avenue West.
Since 1991, Mr. Gelman has been the president and chief executive of Ventures In Media, a marketing and media research firm. Over the years he has written for such publications as the Hollywood Reporter, Emmy Magazine, Madison Avenue, Television-Radio Age, Animation Magazine. Mr.Gelman was one of the principal interviewers for the Archive of American Television, an oral and visual history project of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Among his 25 interviews for the Archive were on-camera sessions with such television personalities and executives as Jack Lemmon, Angela Lansbury, James Garner, Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, Bud Yorkin, Grant Tinker and Tom Sarnoff.
He is the co-author with Gene Accas of the book "The Best in Television, 50 Years of Emmys", "The Many Worlds of Local TV" , and "The Media Competition".