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|Memories of VideoDisc - Who's Who in VideoDisc|
Herbert Schlosser was a one-time Wall Street lawyer turned broadcaster who became President of NBC in 1974. For the next four years he worked on reinvigorating the network's programming, but it remained mired in third place behind ABC and CBS. While at NBC he assisted NASA with the production of the Voyager Record. In June 1978, Fred Silverman was hired away from ABC for the position of NBC President, and Schlosser was bumped up to an executive vice presidency at RCA.
When RCA Chairman Edgar Griffiths, in January 1979, decided to proceed with market introduction of the RCA VideoDisc system, Herbert Schlosser, with his extensive contacts in the entertainment industry, was selected as the executive to secure programming for the system. The first program he secured was the "Jesus of Nazareth" miniseries, which emerged as a 4-disc boxed set in 1981. During the initial months the CED system was on the market, Herbert Schlosser, along with Jack Sauter, was one of the principal executive spokesmen for the system. On September 14, 1981, RCA Chairman Thornton Bradshaw announced that all RCA entertainment activities would be organized into a single group under Herbert Schlosser. At that time, Thomas Kuhn became head of RCA SelectaVision VideoDiscs under Mr. Schlosser.
Herbert Schlosser also served as President of RCA International AudioVisuals, Inc., the RCA subsidiary involved in the joint venture with Columbia Pictures, and of RCA Cable, Inc., the subsidiary involved in the RCTV pay-cable venture. Herbert Schlosser left RCA in 1985, at which time James Alic assumed the role of Group Vice President, Entertainment Operations. Some time after leaving RCA, Herbert Schlosser became Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the American Museum of the Moving Image and served on the Boards of other corporations.
See Herbert Schlosser on slide 437 from Memories of VideoDisc.
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