Tony Gruener

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Tony
Family name: 
Gruener
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Interview Number: 
397
Interview Date(s): 
23 Jan 1997
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Duration (mins): 
120

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SIDE ONE

Born Hackney (Stamford Hill) October 23rd 1921. Father journalist with the Evening Standard, mother kept a sweet shop at the local cinema. Early interests in left-wing politics. Attended the Stamford Hill cinema; took part in school plays. The Mercer School, Holborn and Regent Street Polytechnic. Political activities against the pre-war fascists. One called Bluebird who he met again in the Army, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Tried for glider pilot or parachutist but found he had a perforated eardrum. Reassessed as C3, and discharged in 1944. Became Deputy Editor of the Young Communist League Journal “Challenge”.  Joined the Hampstead Observer. G.B.Puttock-Buss. Bought typewriter. Lived in Golders Green. Scotsman in Fleet Street. Exchange Telegraph as a sub.[editor]. Hampstead Express wanted a reporter. Arts critic North London Observer. Harold Myers. Variety. Chairman, trade branch of NUJ [National Union of Journalists]. Broad front. Jimmy Moran. Kardar, Hungary. Daily Film Renter, with Harold Myers. Granada Theatres. Sydney Bernstein. Television; Freelance publicity, Manchester. TV writing school. Lewis Greiffer. Daily Film Renter. Trade union side of business. Edited ACT Journal for three years after Granada. Early 1960s. Paul Talbot, 38 Dean Street: salesman, Talbot TV. Gave up journalism.

SIDE TWO

Talbot TV; Black Beauty Ted Willis. Syd Cole, Cyril Bennet. 1971 Malcolm Hulke. Rubinder; Brian Tesler. ABCTV. Germany WWF; Animal Doctor; Swiss Family Robinson. Scottish TV. 1975. Goodson Todman shows. LA; Mark Goodson; BBC Blankety Blank; STV The Better Sex. ATV Family Fortunes; Germany Christopher Schmit. Childs Play 1975. 1990 Sales and production TV game shows; American bought into Talbot. 2% commission. Pension. Fremantle 1994. Distribution organisation; Business has changed; More difficult. The future? Mega companies dominating. Marcus Plantin; Profitability everything. 1960s and 70s golden days.

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