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The Museum of Television & Radio Celebrates Sports Filmmaker Bud Greenspan

Thursday, July 1, 2004

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA—The Museum of Television & Radio will celebrate the career of Bud Greenspan, one of the world's foremost sports filmmakers, from July 1 to August 1, 2004, with screenings and seminars, including the world premiere of Greenspan's latest work 1984 Los Angeles Olympics: Bud Greenspan Remembers in New York on July 15. Funding has been generously provided by Gordon and Dona Crawford

Bud Greenspan was cited by the Peabody Awards for his "exceptional gift for personal storytelling, a matchless eye for camera angle and location, and above all, a complete and total commitment to truth." His Olympic work, a rare blend of human drama and athletic accomplishment, has inspired so many viewers and athletes that Greenspan was recently inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. The Museum is pleased to present on the large screen the premiere of Greenspan's newest film, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics: Bud Greenspan Remembers, as well as three of Greenspan's recent films on the Summer Games for Showtime that demonstrate the ideals and aspirations of both the Olympics and sports filmmaking.   


Los Angeles

Bud Greenspan Looks Back

Tuesday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Los Angeles

In Person: Bud Greenspan and Nancy Beffa 

Filmmaker Bud Greenspan, who has covered the Olympics for over fifty years, and his executive producer Nancy Beffa will discuss and screen footage of the most powerful and emotional stories he has covered. David Simon, president of the LA Sports Council, will moderate the discussion. 

New York

World Premiere Screening and Seminar

1984 Los Angeles Olympics: Bud Greenspan Remembers

Thursday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. in New York

In Person: Bud Greenspan 

The Museum will premiere this latest work—a look back at the 1984 Games—by Bud Greenspan, who has produced the official films for seven Olympic Games. The film will have its television premiere on Showtime on July 19, 2004.  Presented in association with Showtime.


Screenings in New York will be Tuesdays to Sundays at 1:00 p.m., and in Los Angeles Wednesdays to Sundays at 1:00 p.m. 

·The 1972 Munich Olympic Games: Bud Greenspan Remembers

New York: July 1 to 11

Los Angeles: July 1 to 11

Deftly weaving archival footage and interviews with many of the significant organizers, participants, and witnesses, Greenspan examines the terrorist attacks and murder of eleven Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. While focusing on the tragic events, the documentary also includes some of the Games' memorable achievements, including performances by Olga Korbut, Mark Spitz, and Dave Wottle.  

·Sydney 2000 Olympics: Bud Greenspan's Gold from Down Under

New York:  July 13 to 18

Los Angeles:  July 14 to 18

Greenspan presents some of the powerful and resonant stories of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Among the athletes profiled are American baseball players Ben Sheets and Doug Mientiewicz and their coach Tommy Lasorda; Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and American swimmer Gary Hall; track and field competitors Michael Johnson and Stacy Draglia of the United States; and cyclist Leontien Ziljaard of the Netherlands. 

·Bud Greenspan's Favorite Stories of Olympic Glory

New York: July 20 to 25

Los Angeles: July 21 to 25

Greenspan examines the Olympic feats and legends of five extraordinary athletes: Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, American decathlete Dan O' Brien, Australian swimmer Duncan Armstrong, Ethiopian marathon legend Abebe Bikila, and Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin. 

·1984 Los Angeles Olympics: Bud Greenspan Remembers

New York: July 27 to August 1

Los Angeles: July 28 to August 1

Greenspan looks back at the 1984 Games in his latest work, premiering at the Museum in New York on July 15. 


Tickets to the Bud Greenspan seminars are $10 ($8 for individual Museum Members, senior citizens, and students with valid ID), and can be purchased in the Museum lobbies during regular hours, or in New York by calling (212) 621-6600 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and in Los Angeles by calling (310) 786-1091 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. daily. 

Admission to the screenings is included with the Museum's suggested contribution: Members free; $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for senior citizens and students; and $5.00 for children under fourteen. Admission is free in Los Angeles.  

The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, was founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and advertisements and to make them available to the public. Since opening in 1976, the Museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars, and education classes to showcase its preeminent collection of over 100,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. Programs in the Museum's collection are selected for their artistic, cultural, and historic significance.

The Museum of Television & Radio in New York, located at 25 West 52 Street in Manhattan, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The Museum of Television & Radio in California, located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. Both Museums are closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Suggested contribution: Members free; $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for senior citizens and students; and $5.00 for children under fourteen.Admission is free in Los Angeles. The public areas in both Museums are accessible to wheelchairs, and assisted listening devices are available. Programs are subject to change. You may call the Museum in New York at (212) 621-6800 or in Los Angeles at (310) 786-1000. Visit the Museum's website at