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Mark Goodson (January 14, 1915December 18, 1992) was an accomplished American television producer who specialized in game shows. January 14 is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... In the Gregorian calendar, December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years), with 13 days remaining until the end of the year. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... A Television producer oversees the making of television penis programs. ... This article is about the television genre. ...

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Life and television career

Born in Sacramento, California, Goodson and long-time partner Bill Todman produced some of the longest-running game shows in television history. The long list of Goodson-Todman productions includes Beat the Clock, Family Feud, Match Game, Password, The Price is Right, To Tell the Truth, I've Got A Secret and What's My Line?. The shows endured through the decades, many over multiple runs, because of Goodson's sharp eye for production and presentation. While Todman primarily handled the company's business affairs in the early days, Goodson oversaw the creative end of the company. Goodson's knowledge of what made a successful game show work in terms of both format and presentation was pivotal to the longevity of the shows he produced. Nickname: River City Location of Sacramento in California County Sacramento Government  - Mayor Heather Fargo Area  - City  99. ... Bill Todman (July 31, 1916-July 29, 1979) was an American television producer born in New York City. ... For other uses, see Beat the Clock (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Family Feud Broadcast History (United States), Family Feud rules and production, Family Feud around the world be merged into this article or section. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... Although Password can be played without any equipment, commercial versions of the game have also been successful. ... The Price Is Rights US 35th season logo. ... Nipsey Russell, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen and Kitty Carlisle from the 1969-78 version. ... Ive Got a Secret (abbreviated as IGAS) was a weekly panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television and was created by Allan Sherman as essentially a knockoff of Whats My Line?. The original version of the show premiered in June 19, 1952... Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ...


Many of the actual formats were devised by producers working for Goodson-Todman. For example, Bob Bach co-created What's My Line?, Allan Sherman created I've Got a Secret, Frank Wayne created Now You See It, and The Match Game; Chester Feldman created Card Sharks; and Bob Stewart created Password, The Price is Right and To Tell the Truth. Goodson-Todman was involved with the 1969 pilot of The Joker's Wild along with creator Jack Barry and hosted by Allen Ludden. G-T had severed ties with Barry by the time he hosted the series in 1972. Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... Allan Sherman (sometimes incorrectly Alan and Allen), November 30, 1924 – November 20, 1973, was an American musician, parodist, satirist, and television producer. ... Ive Got a Secret (abbreviated as IGAS) was a weekly panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television and was created by Allan Sherman as essentially a knockoff of Whats My Line?. The original version of the show premiered in June 19, 1952... Now You See It was an American television game show where contestants tried to find words that were hidden within a jumble of letters. ... Match Game was an American television game show where contestants tried to match a panel of six celebrities in answering fill-in-the-blank questions. ... Chester Feldman (Died circa 1997, aged 71) was an American Television producer of game shows, normally for Mark Goodson Productions, eg Card Sharks, Classic Concentration etc. ... Card Sharks was an American television game show in which contestants guessed whether a playing card was higher or lower than the card that preceded it. ... There are different people named Bob Stewart: Bob Stewart, a television producer. ... Although Password can be played without any equipment, commercial versions of the game have also been successful. ... The Price Is Rights US 35th season logo. ... Nipsey Russell, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen and Kitty Carlisle from the 1969-78 version. ... // The Jokers Wild was an American game show of the 1970s and 1980s, billed as the game where knowledge is king and lady luck is queen. ... Jack Barry (March 20, 1918 – May 4, 1984) was an American television game show host and producer, whose career was nearly ruined in the quiz show scandal of the late 1950s but who made a remarkable comeback over a decade later. ... Allen Ludden (October 5, 1918 – June 9, 1981) was an American television presenter and game show host. ...


The company was not very successful when they tried their hands at other types of TV shows, including the anthology-drama The Web, a talk-variety show for famed insult comic Don Rickles, and what was possibly the company's biggest failure, a sitcom titled One Happy Family. However, Goodson-Todman Productions was involved with two Westerns that, despite their relatively short runs, became TV classics: The Rebel (1959-61), starring Nick Adams as an ex-Confederate soldier who travelled West after the Civil War (Johnny Cash sang the theme); and Branded, starring Chuck Connors as a soldier who had been wrongly given a dishonorable discharge from the Army. Graphic representation of the world wide web around Wikipedia The World Wide Web (WWW, or simply Web) is an information space in which the items of interest, referred to as resources, are identified by global identifiers called Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI). ... Donald Jay Rickles (born May 8, 1926 in New York City, New York) is an American comedian, film actor, and voice actor. ... Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ... For other uses of the title see The rebel (disambiguation) The Rebel (TV) was an American Western television series that ran originally on the ABC network from 1959 to 1961. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Johnny Cash (born J. R. Cash, February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was a Scottish American, multi Grammy Award-winning influential American country and rock and roll singer and songwriter. ... Branded was a Western series which aired on NBC from 1965 through 1966. ... Chuck Connors Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors, better known by his professional name of Chuck Connors (April 10, 1921 – November 10, 1992), was an American actor and professional basketball and baseball player. ...


For many years, the company was headquartered in the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue, New York. Most of the company's production moved to Hollywood in the early seventies (as did many other production companies), starting with the ABC revival of Password in 1971. The company's last New York-based show, To Tell the Truth, pulled up stakes in 1981. The Seagram Building is a skyscraper in New York City, located at 375 Park Avenue, between 52nd Street and 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan. ... NY redirects here. ... ...

By 1984, all shows would sign off as a Mark Goodson television production, accompanied by the logo shown above at the end of the first Ray Combs-era episode of Family Feud.

Following Bill Todman's death in 1979, Goodson acquired the Todman heirs' share of the company and the company was renamed Mark Goodson Productions in 1982. Traditionally, shows would sign off as "a Mark Goodson - Bill Todman production." By 1984, all shows signed off as "a Mark Goodson television production". Image File history File links A25b. ... Image File history File links A25b. ... Combs hosting Family Feud. ... It has been suggested that Family Feud Broadcast History (United States), Family Feud rules and production, Family Feud around the world be merged into this article or section. ...


Announcers Johnny Olson and Gene Wood were frequently heard on Goodson-Todman shows. Many of the company's game shows were produced internationally, some under different titles, and were distributed by Reg Grundy Productions. Family Feud, for example, has run in the United Kingdom as Family Fortunes and in Mexico under the name of Cien Mexicanos Dijeron. Today, Mark Goodson Productions, along with Reg Grundy Productions, are part of Fremantle Media. From the early 1960s, most of the music for Goodson-Todman's game shows was composed by Bob Cobert, Bob Israel's Score Productions or Edd Kalehoff, a pioneer in the use of the MOOG synthesizer. John Leonard Johnny Olson (May 22, 1910 – October 12, 1985) was an American radio personality and television announcer, most notable for announcing 32 game shows from Mark Goodson-Bill Todman productions, from the late 1950s through the mid 1980s. ... Gene Wood in an on-camera appearance as a Match Game panelist Gene Wood, full name Eugene Edward Wood (October 20, 1925 - May 21, 2004), was an American television personality. ... It has been suggested that Family Feud Broadcast History (United States), Family Feud rules and production, Family Feud around the world be merged into this article or section. ... Family Fortunes is a long-running British game show, based on the American game show Family Feud. ... Cien Mexicanos Dijeron (One hundred Mexicans Said in Spanish) is a Spanish-language version of the Goodson-Todman game show from the 1970s, Family Feud, produced for the Televisa Mexican television network. ... FremantleMedia (formerly All-American Television and Pearson Television) is an independent production company that holds the rights to the Goodson/Todman game show library which includes such classic game shows as The Price is Right, Match Game, Ive Got a Secret, and Family Feud. ... Robert Cobert (October 26, 1924-) is a composer who has written extensively for television and movies. ... Score Productions is an American musical production company specializing in background music and themes for television programs. ... Edward Woodley Edd Kalehoff is a music composer who specializes in compositions for television. ...


Mark Goodson died on December 18, 1992 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 77 in Los Angeles. He is buried at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California, where the inscription on his gravestone is designed to resemble the famous Goodson-Todman Productions / Mark Goodson Productions logo. Pancreatic cancer (also called cancer of the pancreas) is a malignant tumour within the pancreatic gland. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Motto: The Heart of Screenland Location of Culver City in California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1917-09-07 [2] Government  - City Manager Jerry Fulwood [1] Area  - City  5. ...


Post Mark Goodson

Some time after Mark Goodson's death, his family sold the rights to the library of shows in order to pay a hefty estate tax. A company called All American Television was the purchaser. That company was bought out by rival communications company Pearson Television which was, in turn, acquired by Fremantle Media which at one time was the distributor of Goodson-Todman game shows internationally. Fremantle now owns the rights to the Goodson-Todman library of game shows. While The Price is Right and Family Feud continue in production to this day, other classic Goodson-Todman shows have found a new life and a new audience in reruns on cable TV's Game Show Network. The FremantleMedia logo from 2001-present. ... The FremantleMedia logo from 2001-present. ... FremantleMedia (formerly All-American Television and Pearson Television) is an independent production company that holds the rights to the Goodson/Todman game show library which includes such classic game shows as The Price is Right, Match Game, Ive Got a Secret, and Family Feud. ... The Price Is Rights US 35th season logo. ... It has been suggested that Family Feud Broadcast History (United States), Family Feud rules and production, Family Feud around the world be merged into this article or section. ... Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (and often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio waves transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed coaxial cables as opposed to the over-the-air method used in... The Game Show Network logo (1997-2004) The Game Show Network Logo (1994-1996) GSN (formerly known on-air as Game Show Network) is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite channel dedicated to game shows, reality shows, casino game shows, and interactive television games. ...


Goodson's son, Jonathan, has continued with new game show concepts. He joined the company in 1973 as legal counsel, but began production work with the company's shows, including the original version of Card Sharks; eventually producing the 1990 version of Match Game. He stayed through corporate takeovers until 1998. He left to begin his own production company, Jonathan Goodson Productions, which produces both state lottery game shows and original game show concepts, with 2003's Dirty Rotten Cheater being the newest Goodson game, having already been sold internationally. Card Sharks was an American television game show in which contestants guessed whether a playing card was higher or lower than the card that preceded it. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... Dirty Rotten Cheater was a short lived game show that appeared on PAX in 2003. ...


For the sake of tradition, and through special permission from FremantleMedia (a subsidiary of RTL), The Price Is Right continues to use the Mark Goodson Productions name, logo, and announcement at the end of each episode, even though the original company no longer exists. The current production of Family Feud and the 2000 revival of "To Tell the Truth" (two other former Goodson-Todman properties), did initially use the logo, but not the announcement. "Family Feud" ultimately abandoned this practice in 2002. The short lived versions of "Match Game" (1998-99) and "Card Sharks" (2001-02) however did used the Mark Goodson Productions name, logo and announcement at the end on their shows. FremantleMedia (formerly All-American Television and Pearson Television) is a division of RTL Group which holds the rights to the Goodson/Todman game show library which includes such classic game shows as The Price is Right, Match Game, Ive Got a Secret, and Family Feud, as well as non...


List of Mark Goodson-Bill Todman productions

Game Shows

For other uses, see Beat the Clock (disambiguation). ... Its men vs. ... A game in progress on the British Bob Holness-hosted version of Blockbusters. ... Body Language is a television game show which aired from June 4, 1984, until January 3, 1986, on CBS. Tom Kennedy hosted the Mark Goodson production. ... Call My Bluff is a British game show between two teams of three contestants. ... Card Sharks was an American television game show in which contestants guessed whether a playing card was higher or lower than the card that preceded it. ... The Childs Play logo. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Double Dare was an American television game show that ran from December 13, 1976, to April 29, 1977, on CBS. Alex Trebek (later of Jeopardy!) hosted this Mark Goodson-Bill Todman production; Johnny Olson and Gene Wood took turns announcing. ... It has been suggested that Family Feud Broadcast History (United States), Family Feud rules and production, Family Feud around the world be merged into this article or section. ... Get The Message was a television game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. ... He Said, She Said was an American game show hosted by former baseball great Joe Garagiola. ... Illinois Instant Riches was a lottery game show airing in the state of Illinois, as well as nationally on Chicago-based Superstation WGN-TV. The show was hosted by Mark Goodman, with Linda Kolmeyer as his co-host. ... Ive Got a Secret (abbreviated as IGAS) was a weekly panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television and was created by Allan Sherman as essentially a knockoff of Whats My Line?. The original version of the show premiered in June 19, 1952... Make the Connection was an American game show that ran during the summer of 1955. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... Match Game PM was an American television game show where contestants tried to match a panel of six celebrities in answering fill-in-the-blank questions. ... The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour was a short-lived American television game show that combined two long-running formats of the 1970s — Match Game and Hollywood Squares — into an hour-long format. ... Mindreaders was a game show produced by Goodson-Todman Productions on NBC from August 13, 1979 - January 11, 1980. ... Missing link is a term for a transitional form from the fossil record that connects an earlier species to a later one, or which connects two different species to an earlier ancestor. ... The Names the Same was a gameshow produced in the black and white era, whose premise was simliar to Whats My Line?, but the panelists here had to guess the name of the person, which also described something (e. ... Now You See It was an American television game show where contestants tried to find words that were hidden within a jumble of letters. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Password Plus and Super Password. ... Play Your Hunch was an American game show first hosted by Merv Griffin from 1958 to 1962, and was then hosted by Robert Q. Lewis until 1963. ... The Price Is Rights US 35th season logo. ... Say When!! was an American game show hosted by Art James from January 2, 1961 to March 26, 1965 that was a Mark Goodson-Bill Todman production. ... Showoffs was a Goodson-Todman game show that aired on ABC for six months in 1975 from June 30 - December 26, with Bobby Van as the host and Gene Wood as the announcer. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Password Plus and Super Password. ... Tattletales was a game show which first aired on the CBS daytime schedule on February 18, 1974. ... Nipsey Russell, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen and Kitty Carlisle from the 1969-78 version. ... Trivia Trap was a U.S. game show that originally ran from October 8, 1984 to April 5, 1985 on ABC. Hosted by Bob Eubanks, two teams of three players played. ... Two for the Money was an American game show which ran from 1952 to 1957. ... Whats Going On is an album by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. ... Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... The First Past the Post electoral system, is a voting system for single-member districts. ...

Other

  • Branded (1965-1966) -Western
  • The Don Rickles Show (1968-1969)-Comedy/talk show
  • Jefferson Drum -Western (1958)
  • One Happy Family (1960) -Situation Comedy
  • The Rebel (1959-1961) -Western
  • That's My Line! (summer 1980; 1981) - Reality/Audience-participation show
  • The Web (1950) -anthology drama

Branded was a Western series which aired on NBC from 1965 through 1966. ... For other uses of the title see The rebel (disambiguation) The Rebel (TV) was an American Western television series that ran originally on the ABC network from 1959 to 1961. ...

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Mark Goodson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (490 words)
Mark Goodson (January 14, 1915 – December 18, 1992) was an American television producer born in Sacramento, California.
Goodson acquired Todman's share of the company following Todman's death in 1979 and the company was renamed Mark Goodson Productions in 1982.
Goodson died in 1992 at age 77 in Los Angeles.
Encyclopedia: Mark Goodson (2350 words)
Mark was a pioneer and an innovator in bringing new form to old ideas and new ideas to be shaped into fresh forms ¬ the process of creating and developing a Mark Goodson show often spanned a period of 12 to 18 months before it was ready to be made into a pilot.
Mark was open to suggestion from a carefully selected staff imbued with his own zeal for precision and excellence, all working together as a team dedicated to the meticulous goals of their leader.
Mark had his success in live drama and in film, too, with shows like The Web, The Rebel, Branded, The Richard Boone Anthology, etc., but it was in the area which he basically invented and perfected that gave him his greatest challenge, his enormous reward, and his psychic satisfaction.
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