EXCLUSIVE: Bob Hercules, who co-directed the Peabody-winning American Masters bio-documentary Maya Angelou: And I get up anywaywill co-produce and co-direct tom who, a documentary about the career of late-night talk show icon Tom Snyder. Pre-production began this week on the project, which is co-produced and co-directed by Snyder’s daughter, Ann Marie Snyder.
The film will feature lost NBC archival documents hosted by Snyder tomorrow’s showwhich lasted from 1973 to 1981 after The show tonight and showcased Snyder’s informal, conversational style and attracted guests from John Lennon and Barbara Walters to Steven Spielberg and Charles Manson. The show gave way to that of David Letterman Late at night who took over the timeslot in 1982 (see Snyder’s final endorsement below).
After tomorrowSnyder, who began his career on radio and was an anchor for NBC News and KNBC in Los Angeles, became CBS’ first host. Late show franchise, hand-picked by Letterman. His run ran from 1995 to 1999 and gave the affable host another outlet to use his catchphrase welcoming the audience to his show: “Light up a colortini, sit back, relax and watch the pictures, now , as they fly through the air. ”
Snyder died of complications from leukemia in 2007 and faded somewhat in the discussion of his importance to the late-night story, which the filmmakers hope to fix.
“I am thrilled to team up with Ann Marie Snyder to produce the first-ever film about her late father,” Hercules said. “Tom Snyder eerily captured the zeitgeist of our culture (and counterculture) from the 1970s through the 90s. He was an uncompromising journalist and groundbreaking talk show host. I look forward to being a part of the team to finally tell this incredibly important and wonderfully prescient story of a television legend.
Said Snyder: “I’m thrilled to have found Bob and honored to work with someone of his caliber. My father’s gripping story deserves nothing less than the best possible chance to honor his work. I hope this film will remind people of a time when journalists were not the enemy and continue the legacy left by my father.
Journalist-author Ray Richmond and Michael Niederman, professor of film and television arts at Columbia College Chicago, will co-write the document, which is produced by Chicago-based Hercules’ Media Process Group and Tom Who Entertainment. This latest prodco is also working on a film adaptation of the first tomorrow book by director Joel Tator remember tomorrowa behind-the-scenes look at the show’s most controversial interviews.
Here is Snyder’s tomorrow Approve:
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