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TV Producer and Writer, Bob Shanks

Bob Shanks is a TV producer and writer, novelist and playwright. He grew up in Lebanon, Indiana and received a degree in Radio and Television from IU in 1954. He went on to a long career in television during which time he received two Emmy awards.

As an executive for many years with ABC, he created and developed “Good Morning America” and “20/20.” His other credits include producing “The Tonight Show” with Jack Paar, “The Merv Griffin Show,” “Candid Camera,” and “The Great American Dream Machine” for PBS.

His books include “The Cool Fire: How to Make It in Television” and “The Primal Screen: How to Write, Sell, and Produce Movies for Television.

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