We’re so sad to learn that executive/producer and co-founder of the Archive of American Television, Grant Tinker passed away on Monday, November 28 at the age of 90. Tinker began his career in television in 1949 as an intern at NBC. He is perhaps best remembered as the co-founder of MTM Enterprises, a successful production company known for the critically acclaimed programs The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Lou Grant, Hill Street Blues, and St. Elsewhere. In 1981, Tinker left MTM to become CEO and chairman of NBC, helping to resuscitate the network.
Below are some selections from his 1998 interview:
On The Mary Tyler Moore Show:
On starting MTM:
On how he'd like to be remembered: