For the first time in a book on television, Screen Gems features a lengthy and detailed corporate history of the studio, which began as an obscure producer of TV commercials. It rapidly evolved into a leader in program packaging, music publishing, audience studies, and TV broadcasting. Also included is a program chronology listing the premiere and cancellation dates of every production. Among the programs chronicled are Route 66, The Naked City, Playhouse 90, Alcoa/Goodyear Theatre, The Monkees, Bewitched, Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, QB VII, The Last Angry Man, Born Free, Police Story, Brian's Song, and Sadat.
Jeb H. Perry is the author of Universal Television: The Studio and Its Programs (Scarecrow, 1983), which past Universal V.P. Roy Huggins cited as "exhaustive, interesting, and important," and Variety Obits: An Index to Obituaries in Variety (Scarecrow, 1980).