The late television and film executive Brandon Tartikoff’s vast collection of letters and correspondence was donated in its entirety to USC’s School of Cinematic Arts by his widow Lilly Tartikoff Karatz. The collection includes more than four thousand individual pieces of correspondence—dating from 1979 to 1992—including programming and project evaluations from his storied reign at NBC, personal correspondences such as letters of congratulations to then new morning show host David Letterman, etc., industry addresses, speeches, presentations and press interviews.
The collection has been kept sealed since Tartikoff’s death in 1997 from Hodgkin’s disease. Tartikoff Karatz, upon the request of SCA benefactor and alumnus George Lucas donated her husband’s legacy to benefit SCA’s students, faculty and alumni. The collection will also be made available to scholars throughout the world.
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