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14gameshows

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« on: May 09, 2005, 01:15:40 PM »
So what are these people doing nowadays?

Marc Breslow and Paul Alter?

I'm just curious because watching some of their work on past game shows with G-T and seeing them on GSN. I'm just so impressed by their directorial skills...you don't see great stuff like this anymore?  Personally, if I were to revive a game show I would call these two up in a heartbeat to get them to direct a show because of their expertise in this business and direction.  

Yes, this may sound like a simple, whatsthepointinyoupostingthis?  But if you look at the mess that was made at PRICE when Paul left the show, you could see why praise should be given when it is totally due.

Cool things like, on Card Sharks with the camera zooming out and panning to the right (just a little) see the Money Card Board swirl into place or (when after the bonus round is played to commercial break), you have the visual of the camera zooming out and panning to the right focusing on the big cards dividing with the game board moving into place. That is some talent right there to visualize a shot like that to define the glitz of a game show, or like on PRICE, with the shot of the turntable turning to see the next pricing game or the opening sequence of the show.  Talent people!!!

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2005, 01:24:31 PM »
Paul Alter was last spotted circulating a bitter proposal for a tell-all book on his career, with special features on some of the "monsters" he'd worked with (including Dawson and Barker, but also Frank Sinatra, and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme).

I saw it and recommended my publisher not pursue it - couldn't see the audience being all that big.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2005, 02:23:26 PM »
[quote name=\'calliaume\' date=\'May 9 2005, 01:24 PM\']Paul Alter was last spotted circulating a bitter proposal for a tell-all book on his career, with special features on some of the "monsters" he'd worked with (including Dawson and Barker, but also Frank Sinatra, and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme).
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2005, 02:36:42 PM »
[quote name=\'cmjb13\' date=\'May 9 2005, 01:23 PM\'][quote name=\'calliaume\' date=\'May 9 2005, 01:24 PM\']Paul Alter was last spotted circulating a bitter proposal for a tell-all book on his career, with special features on some of the "monsters" he'd worked with (including Dawson and Barker, but also Frank Sinatra, and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme).
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A year and a half, two years ago.

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2005, 04:25:06 PM »
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I saw it and recommended my publisher not pursue it - couldn't see the audience being all that big.
Hey, if Ira Skutch can get published with his tales about working at Lennen & Newell, why not Paul Alter?

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2005, 04:50:02 PM »
Now let's think. What happened to Paul Alter a few years ago that would inspire writing a book? As I understand it, there are at least 3 "Tell Alls" planned and waiting to be pitched.

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calliaume

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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2005, 05:21:51 PM »
[quote name=\'chris319\' date=\'May 9 2005, 03:25 PM\']Hey, if Ira Skutch can get published with his tales about working at Lennen & Newell, why not Paul Alter?
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My instinct is the Ira Skutch book was a very short run, and might not have been available in stores.  My copy doesn't have a dust jacket, which means either the original owner disposed of it or it never had one (and if it's the latter, the "not available in stores" theory seems more likely).

[quote name=\'tvrandywest\' date=\'May 9 2005, 03:50 PM\']Now let's think. What happened to Paul Alter a few years ago that would inspire writing a book? As I understand it, there are at least 3 "Tell Alls" planned and waiting to be pitched.[/quote]
Of the "monsters" listed, three are of little interest to present-day readers (Dawson, Stevie & Eydie, and John Daly), one is no surprise to anyone (Sinatra)... which leaves Barker.  Yes, the proposal had what sounded like a lot of interesting stuff for us (how he saved Tattletales three times, and worked on Treasure Isle) that would be less interesting to the rest of the world.

Somebody else might have picked it up, but it's not listed in Amazon.

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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2005, 08:18:29 PM »
Janice Pennington supposedly wrote a follow-up to "Husband, Lover, Spy" but nothing's been seen of it yet. Wonder if that's one of the three tell-alls Randy mentioned.

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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2005, 09:15:34 PM »
[quote name=\'calliaume\' date=\'May 9 2005, 05:21 PM\']Yes, the proposal had what sounded like a lot of interesting stuff for us (how he saved Tattletales three times...)
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2005, 10:21:30 PM »
My copy of Ira's book did not have a dust jacket when I bought it new at Samuel French, where Ira suggested I would find a copy (OK, I'm shameless in my name-dropping). It was indeed a limited run published somehow in association with the DGA. Of course, knowing the late literary agent Frank Heller didn't hurt in getting it published.

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« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2005, 10:35:24 PM »
[quote name=\'tvrandywest\' date=\'May 9 2005, 01:50 PM\']Now let's think. What happened to Paul Alter a few years ago that would inspire writing a book? As I understand it, there are at least 3 "Tell Alls" planned and waiting to be pitched.
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Two that I'm aware of will be memoirs of people who worked on the show in one capacity or another, and will likely emphasize their experiences and reflect their points of view. It's anybody's guess whether those people are under non-disparagement agreements and are limited in what they can say publicly, unlike an independently-researched work.

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« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2005, 10:55:27 PM »
[quote name=\'chris319\' date=\'May 9 2005, 10:21 PM\']My copy of Ira's book did not have a dust jacket when I bought it new at Samuel French, where Ira suggested I would find a copy (OK, I'm shameless in my name-dropping).
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I just did a search on a couple of used-book sites and it seems that every copy offered is sans dust jacket.  For what it's worth, I picked up a copy for less than $10 including shipping.

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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2005, 09:46:53 AM »
[quote name=\'mystery7\' date=\'May 9 2005, 07:18 PM\']Janice Pennington supposedly wrote a follow-up to "Husband, Lover, Spy" but nothing's been seen of it yet. Wonder if that's one of the three tell-alls Randy mentioned.
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If she's still working on it, it's been awhile.  My former employer, St. Martin's Press, published the book in paperback (and I think it was on or near the best seller lists in that format); the longer it takes to write something like that the less interested publishers are.

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« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2005, 12:15:56 PM »
And I'm guessing that Marc Breslow is enjoying his retirement and that he invested wisely his five years' worth of "consultant" fees from MGP/All-American/Pearson.

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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2005, 03:06:47 PM »
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And I'm guessing that Marc Breslow is enjoying his retirement and that he invested wisely his five years' worth of "consultant" fees from MGP/All-American/Pearson.
Ten years, plus the salary he earned directing Family Feud and Card Sharks, plus the $1 million Goodson reportedly left his wife Patti, not to mention the appreciation on their home above Beverly Hills.
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