"You always learn from your experiences. You know, I never was a screamer, but I saw how other people would sometimes use that way to get things done. Learn to be very flexible and not to be rigid. Don't get discouraged. Keep at it and be persistent, but don't be persistent in a way that you rub somebody the wrong way. And somehow you'll get it done. And if you don't, you then, you adjust… It was a challenge and I enjoyed it. And it was rewarding once it got done."
About This Interview
In his over two-hour Archive interview, Bernie Oseransky discusses his early years in television as a page at CBS Television Studios. He speaks of transitioning to managing budgets on early live shows such as Playhouse 90 and Climax, and working for Ziv Television as a Production Coordinator (essentially performing the duties of a Unit Production Manager), and then moving to Four Star Television. He chronicles his return to CBS as a Production Manager and tells how he earned the nickname, "Budget Bernie." Oseransky then details his work on Hawaii Five-O with star Jack Lord on-location in Hawaii, and explains the role of a Production Manager. He describes how he became an Executive in charge of production for CBS and then for MTM, where he worked on Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere and Newhart, among others. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview on August 28, 2012 in North Holllywood, CA.