Stephen J. Cannell in an unpublished interview with Juliet Dee, January 1979.
This is described at length in Todd Gitlin, Inside Prime Time ( New York: Pantheon Books, 1983). See especially the chapter entitled "The Triumph of the Synthetic:
Spinoffs, Copies, Recombinant Culture," pp. 63-85. Mimi White has also dealt extensively with the concept of recombinance in "Television Genres: Intertextuality", Journal of Film and Video 37, no. 5 (Summer 1985): 41-47; and idem, "Crossing Wavelengths: The Diegetic and Referential Imaginary of American Commercial Television", Cinema Journal 25, no. 2 (Winter 1986): 51-64.
As implied in the title of Horace Newcomb, TV: The Most Popular Art ( Garden
City, NY: Anchor Press, 1974).
This only refers to the public's perception of television. The production industry
itself has long been charged with too much recognition of the individuals responsible
for a show. New and aspiring artists complain that they cannot work in television without a proven track record but that they cannot get a track record without working.
Horace Newcomb and
Robert S. Alley, The Producer's Medium ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1983), p. xi.
David Marc, "TV Auteurism", American Film, November 1981, p. 52.
Stephen J. Cannell in
Harry F. Waters with
Janet Huck, "The Merchant of Mayhem", Newsweek, March 12, 1984, p. 91.
On Top All Over The World, syndicated, April 21, 1985.
1984 Emmy Awards Presentation, broadcast live on CBS, September 23, 1984.
Two other logos should be mentioned in this context. Unlike Cannell, most other
hyphenates seem to flaunt their anonymity by showing only their backs. The logo for Jay Bernstein Productions features a man seen only from the back as he gets off his
director's chair and walks away. The chair is labeled "Jay Bernstein," suggesting that
the faceless man was, in fact, the head of the production company. John Charles Walters Productions ( Taxi, The Associates) features another man from the back, this one as
he walks down a hallway and hears, "Good night, Mr. Walters" from an off-camera
voice. "John Charles Walters" is not a real individual, however, and it is hard to tell
who that is walking down the hall.
Huck, "The Merchant of Mayhem," p. 91.
Richard Turner, "Sit, Ubu, Sit," TV Guide, March 1, 1986, p. 39.
Stephen J. Cannell interviewed in "Roundtable: Stephen J. Cannell", View 6,
no. 4 ( March 1985): 51.