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In 1948 Manhattan, a diverse group of people are committed to making the fledgling Empire Network a success. Among them: a naive young woman who's hired as a script girl; an idealistic... See more »

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The Colonel
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Marion Powers
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Doc Powers
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Audrey Drummond
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Timothy Wilkison (as Shane Mikael Johnson)
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Walt Kaplan
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Joe Royal
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Vaughn Clay
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eydie Alyson ...
Ibsen Script Girl
Gabby Anderman ...
Another Miss Eve
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Stuff (as Dwayne L. Barnes)
Ronald Bruner ...
Skins
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Ed Wynn
Lizette Carrion
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Businessman
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Lobby Attendant (as Mario Piccirillo)
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Dr. Frank Gibbs ('Our Town' cast member)
Jake Fritz ...
Fenton Spelman
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New York Stock Broker (as Phil Gardiner)
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Announcer
Marc Goldsmith ...
Engineer
Dylan Haggerty ...
Technical Director
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Burlingame
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Fleur Soap Announcer
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Clive
Timothy Joliat ...
Businessman (featured)
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Engineer
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Heiress
Katrina Kitsis ...
School Teacher
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Larry
Joel Leder ...
Scott
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Miss Rush
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Business Women
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Ibsen Director
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George
Robyn Pedretti ...
Potential Miss Eve
Eric Rutherford ...
Paramedic
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Gladys
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Mr. Spelman
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Tesman
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Old Gold Executive
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Vaughn Clay's Assistant
Nik Wilcox ...
Office Worker
Mary Kay Wulf ...
Mrs. Gibbs
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Miss Eve #1 (Nelle) (as Susan Yeagly)
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Bus Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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Paris Barclay

Written by

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Carol Flint ... (teleplay)
 
Thornton Wilder ... (play "Our Town")

Produced by

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Lewis Abel ... producer
Paris Barclay ... co-executive producer
Carol Flint ... executive producer
Andrew Stearn ... co-producer
Vicki Voltarel ... associate producer (as Vicki J. Voltarel)
John Wells ... executive producer

Music by

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Stanley Clarke

Cinematography by

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Neil Roach

Film Editing by

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Randy Jon Morgan

Editorial Department

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Karen Dale Greene ... first assistant editor
Joshua Levey ... post-production coordinator
Robert Parigi ... second assistant editor

Casting By

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Delia Frankel
John Frank Levey

Production Design by

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Craig Stearns

Art Direction by

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Randy Moore

Set Decoration by

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Debra Combs

Costume Design by

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Lyn Paolo ... (as Lyn Elizabeth Paolo)

Makeup Department

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Heidi Grotsky ... makeup department head
Sheri Knight ... key makeup artist
Marsha Lewis ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Michael Attanasio ... unit production manager
Patrick Ward ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Juana Franklin ... second second assistant director
J.J. Linsalata ... second assistant director
Richard Peter Schroer ... first assistant director
Peter Soldo ... second assistant director: New York (pilot episode)

Art Department

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David E. Harshbarger ... property master
Mark Vitale ... construction coordinator
Scott Zuber ... set designer

Sound Department

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Yervant Hagopian ... utility sound
Dan Hiland ... re-recording mixer
Walter Newman ... sound supervisor
Srdjan Popovic ... boom operator (as Srdjan 'Serge' Popovic)
Gary D. Rogers ... re-recording mixer
Hal Whitby ... sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Joe Broderick ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Marc Carter ... assistant camera
Steve Chase ... key grip
Dan Delgado ... gaffer
Brant S. Fagan ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Jim Rose ... gaffer: second unit

Casting Department

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Barbara Miller ... executive in charge of casting
Kristian Sorge ... extras casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Philip Hayman ... costume supervisor
Paula Lynn Kaatz ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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John Armstrong ... location manager
Elias Scoropanos ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Elin Carlson ... chorus
Georg Brandl Egloff ... composer: additional music
Ron Finn ... music editor
Ann Kline ... music supervisor
Leanne Summers ... vocal coach to Sharif Atkins

Transportation Department

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Bart Johnson ... transportation captain
Hobart Lundt ... transportation coordinator
Bradley Sackin ... driver: 10 ton production van

Other crew

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Beth Caldarello ... assistant production coordinator
L. Chip Crosby Jr. ... production assistant
Rob Lee ... key production assistant
Kathleen Mulligan ... script supervisor
Shelagh O'Brien ... assistant: John Wells
Mario West ... production assistant
Yori Tondrowski ... set production assistant (uncredited)

Production Companies

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Distributors

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  • TNT (United States)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In 1948 Manhattan, a diverse group of people are committed to making the fledgling Empire Network a success. Among them: a naive young woman who's hired as a script girl; an idealistic programmer; and an aspiring director who hopes to make Empire "the network that takes risks and makes new stars." Then there's Empire's president, an eccentric scientist whose bride raises eyebrows at the network. Written by Schleppy

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Taglines It was the beginning of television. And they put it all on the line to get it on the air. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Reţeaua (Romania)
  • Livs levande TV (Sweden)
  • A televízió aranykora (Hungary)
Runtime
  • 100 min
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Trivia Originally made as a pilot for a television series, but was never commissioned. See more »

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