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Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession ()


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A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies became a prime example of the untapped power of cable... See more »

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Vera Carlisle Anderson ...
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C.L. Batten ...
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David Chasman ...
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F.X. Feeney ...
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Don Hyde ...
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Charles H. Joffe ...
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John McNally ...
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Doreen Ringer Ross ...
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Chuck Ross ...
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Andrei Rublev ...
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Timothy Ryerson ...
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Jeff Schwager ...
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Bob Strock ...
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Kevin Thomas ...
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Jonathan Turell ...
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Douglas Venturelli ...
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Directed by

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Xan Cassavetes

Produced by

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Alison Palmer Bourke ... executive producer
Ed Carroll ... executive producer
F.X. Feeney ... co-producer
Susan Heimbeinder ... supervising producer
Leslie Lowell ... associate producer
Steve Matzkin ... producer
Jonathan Montepare ... associate producer
Marshall Persinger ... producer
Rick Ross ... producer

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Steven Hufsteter

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John Pirozzi

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Iain Kennedy

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Michael Cioni ... post-production technical advisor
Gabriel Reed ... assistant editor

Production Management

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Jonathan Montepare ... post-production supervisor

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Gabriel Reed ... graphic designer

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Mark Burton ... sound mixer
Frank Gaeta ... supervising sound editor
Patrick Giraudi ... re-recording mixer
Mark Maloof ... sound recordist
Dennis Twitty ... sound assistant

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Otto Arsenault ... graphics
Ian Vertovec ... graphics
Tony Wise ... graphics

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Trish Herremans ... gaffer

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Sophie Evans ... publicist
Barbara Gregson ... film/photo research and clearances
Natalie Heltzel ... intern (as Natalie Ghariani)
Juan Pablo Prieto ... key production assistant

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Michael Ruggiero ... special thanks
Heather Smith ... special thanks
Anne Tabor ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies became a prime example of the untapped power of cable television. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • Z Channel, une magnifique obsession (France)
  • Z-Channel - Die Geschichte eines Fernsehsenders (Germany)
  • Z-Channel (Germany)
  • Kanał Z - Filmowa obsesja (Poland)
  • Kanazi Z: Mia yperohi emmoni (Greece)
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Trivia This film was made only after the financing for another film project, a fiction film, partially collapsed. See more »
Movie Connections Features College (1927). See more »
Soundtracks What'll I Do See more »
Quotes Jerry Harvey: [when asked in the 1980s about the secret of Z Channel's success] I don't know. If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret.
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