Ron Simon

Curator, Television and Radio

October 29, 2013

The Greatest Media Hoax

by Ron Simon

As Orson Welles's War of the Worlds celebrates its 75th anniversary since broadcast, could we be fooled again?

September 23, 2013

Why Were the Emmys so Deadly?

by Ron Simon

Here are some suggestions to bring the Emmys back to life.

August 12, 2013

Meeting the Young Jon Stewart and Louis C.K.

by Ron Simon

In these before-they-were-famous interviews, can you spot the comic genius of Jon Stewart and Louis C.K.?

June 25, 2013

Is TV Dead? Let's Ask the Interns

by Ron Simon

How does TV fit into the life of our interns? Maybe TV still has some life in it after all.

May 1, 2013

Mad Men Talks and Walks History and Existentialism

by Ron Simon

Matthew Weiner and Mad Men cast discussing history and existentialism & getting us ready for Sunday's apocalyptic episode.

March 19, 2013

CBS Meets the Videofreex: Old and New Media Come Together

by Ron Simon

One of the strangest alliances in the history of media was formed when a CBS executive enlisted the communal Videofreex to help produce a show that would revolutionize TV.

January 29, 2013

Lena Dunham and Girls Are Everywhere: Curator and Intern Discuss Again

by Ron Simon

Curator Ron Simon and Intern Robin Lempel discuss the impact of Girls and Lena Dunham have on contemporary culture.

December 11, 2012

Like Film, TV Didn't Die in 2012 Either

by Ron Simon

How did TV perform in 2012 amid the shifting digital landscape?

October 9, 2012

TV Dreamscapes

by Ron Simon

From Twilight Zone to Twin Peaks, dreams have been a pivotal part of TV storytelling in all genres.

September 24, 2012

Digital Disruption or Louie and Lena Go to the Emmys

by Ron Simon

Louis C. K. and Lena Dunham, who embody the digital revolution, also get some Emmy love.

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Ron Simon

Curator, Television and Radio

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Ron Simon has been a curator at The Paley Center for Media since the early 1980s. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University, New York University, and Hunter College, where he teaches courses on the history of media. Simon has written for many publications, including The Encyclopedia of Television and Thinking Outside of the Box, as well as serving as host and creative consultant of the CD-ROM Total Television. A member of the editorial board of Television Quarterly, and a judge on the George Foster Peabody committee, Simon has lectured at museums and educational institutions throughout the world. Among the numerous exhibitions he has curated are The Television of Dennis Potter; Witness to History; Jack Benny: The Television and Radio Work; and Worlds Without End: The Art and History of the Soap Opera. He also discovered such lost programs as the live Honeymooners and the only video performance of the Rat Pack.

Interests:

Anybody and everything that can be transformed into a pixel.

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Ron Simon
rsimon@paleycenter.org

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Terrific piece, Ron, and terrific videos. I agree with the analysis that you ...
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