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A long-time executive for NBC based in New York and for Radio City Music Hall Productions, Rick Traum spent numerous years in the 70s and 80s overseeing the NBC live and live-on-tape projects emanating from Rockefeller Center, among them "Live From Studio 8H" (1980), an ambitious project of Fred Silverman's to recapture the lustre of TV, and "Saturday Night Live" in its early years. On his own, Traum was executive producer of the Emmy-winning children's special "Displaced Persons," an American Playhouse/PBS effort based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut.Traum began his TV career after being graduated from NYU. He eventually joined NBC, serving as producer of commercials for "The Tonight Show," and, later, as executive-in-charge of "The Tomorrow Show". He eventually shifted from NBC Entertainment to become director of program development and production for NBC Enterprises, which was launched to produce for windows other than broadcast TV. Traum left NBC to become senior vp of Radio City Music Hall Productions, which produced "events" spectaculars centered on Mt. Rushmore's 50th Anniversary and The SuperBowl. On his own, Traum was executive producer of "Deep Dish TV," a Showtime pilot about a couple...

A long-time executive for NBC based in New York and for Radio City Music Hall Productions, Rick Traum spent numerous years in the 70s and 80s overseeing the NBC live and live-on-tape projects emanating from Rockefeller Center, among them "Live From Studio 8H" (1980), an ambitious project of Fred Silverman's to recapture the lustre of TV, and "Saturday Night Live" in its early years. On his own, Traum was executive producer of the Emmy-winning children's special "Displaced Persons," an American Playhouse/PBS effort based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut.

Traum began his TV career after being graduated from NYU. He eventually joined NBC, serving as producer of commercials for "The Tonight Show," and, later, as executive-in-charge of "The Tomorrow Show". He eventually shifted from NBC Entertainment to become director of program development and production for NBC Enterprises, which was launched to produce for windows other than broadcast TV. Traum left NBC to become senior vp of Radio City Music Hall Productions, which produced "events" spectaculars centered on Mt. Rushmore's 50th Anniversary and The SuperBowl. On his own, Traum was executive producer of "Deep Dish TV," a Showtime pilot about a couple who zap their TV screen with bizarre results. He also was a producer for the "75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills" special on ABC in 1988. In the 90s, Traum moved his operation to Orlando, Florida, to concentrate on the development and production of children's programming.

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