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Mark Leo Goodson (January 14, 1915 – December 18, 1992) was an American television producer who specialized in game shows, most frequently with his business partner Bill Todman, with whom he created Goodson-Todman Productions.


1 Early life and early career 2 Television production

2.1 Foreign versions

3 Shows

3.1 Mark Goodson– Bill Todman
Bill Todman
Productions (1948–1982) 3.2 Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
Productions (1982–1995) 3.3 Unsold pilots produced by Goodson-Todman Productions and Mark Goodson Productions

4 Personal life and final years 5 Death 6 References 7 External links

Early life and early career[edit] Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
was born in Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California
on January 14, 1915.[1] His parents, Abraham Ellis and Fannie Goodson, emigrated from Russia in the early 1900s. As a child, Goodson acted in amateur theater with the Plaza Stock Company. The family later moved to Hayward, California. Originally intending to become a lawyer, Goodson attended the University of California, Berkeley. He financed his education through scholarships and by working at the Lincoln Fish Market. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa
in 1937 with a degree in Economics. That year, he began his broadcasting career in San Francisco, working as a disc jockey at radio station KJBS (now known as KFAX). In 1939 he joined radio station KFRC, where he produced and hosted a radio quiz called "Pop the Question" in which contestants selected questions by throwing darts at multi-colored balloons. Television production[edit] Goodson and long-time partner Bill Todman
Bill Todman
produced some of the longest-running game shows in US television history. Their first television show, Winner Take All, debuted on CBS
television on July 1, 1948. The long list of Goodson-Todman productions includes The Price Is Right, Family Feud, Match Game, Password, Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth, I've Got a Secret, What's My Line?, Card Sharks, and Tattletales. The shows endured through the decades, many over multiple runs, because of Goodson's sharp eye for production and presentation. Goodson-Todman Productions/ Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
Productions creates content for US channels and other international channels. (including Talbot Television Ltd. and Fremantle UK Productions Ltd.). such as CBS, NBC, and ABC in the US, BBC1, ITV (Anglia, Central, Granada, LWT, TVS, Scottish Television, and Yorkshire Television), Channel 4, and Sky One, (also Challenge TV), While Todman oversaw the company's lucrative businesses outside of television, Goodson handled the creative aspects of producing game shows. The people who worked for the company and created most of the Goodson-Todman shows were pivotal to the success of those shows. Goodson-Todman executives Bob Stewart, Bob Bach, Gil Fates, Ira Skutch, Frank Wayne, Chester Feldman, Paul Alter, Howard Felsher, Ted Cooper, Jay Wolpert, and others were instrumental in making the shows successful. Goodson-Todman was involved with the 1969 pilot of The Joker's Wild, along with creator Jack Barry, but severed ties with Barry shortly afterward. The company proved itself to be masterful at games, but were not as successful when they tried other fields of television programs, including the anthology dramas The Web and The Richard Boone Show, a talk-variety show for famed insult comic Don Rickles
Don Rickles
– and what was possibly the company's biggest failure, a sitcom entitled One Happy Family.[2] Goodson-Todman Productions were also involved with three westerns: Jefferson Drum (1958–1959), starring Jeff Richards as a newspaper editor in the Old West; The Rebel (1959–1961), starring Nick Adams as an ex-Confederate soldier who traveled to the West after the Civil War ( Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
sang the theme); and Branded, starring Chuck Connors as a soldier who had wrongly been given a dishonorable discharge from the Army. For many years, the company was headquartered in the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue, New York City, New York. Most of the company's production moved to Hollywood
in the early seventies (as did many other production companies), starting with the ABC revival of Password in 1971. The Los Angeles offices were based first at 6430 Sunset Boulevard and later at 5750 Wilshire Boulevard. The company's last New York-based show was the 1980 version of To Tell the Truth, but the New York office remained open and was used for East Coast Child's Play auditions. A few years after Bill Todman's death in 1979, Goodson acquired the Todman heirs' share of the company, and in 1982 the company was renamed Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
Productions. Traditionally, shows would sign off with "This is (announcer's name) speaking for (show name). A Mark Goodson- Bill Todman
Bill Todman
Production/A Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
Television Production." After Goodson's death, to pay off a massive inheritance tax, Goodson's family sold the rights (except for Concentration/Classic Concentration, which had been licensed from NBC) to All-American Television, which was subsequently taken over by Pearson PLC
Pearson PLC
(a educational publisher and communications company based in the United Kingdom), and, in turn, was acquired by RTL Group
RTL Group
(a division of Bertelsmann), to form FremantleMedia, which now owns the rights to the library from Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
Productions. The Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
Productions name, logo, and announcement continued to be used for some shows until 2007, when Bob Barker's last episode of The Price Is Right aired. Afterwards, at the close of each episode of The Price Is Right since then, the announcer credits the show as "a FremantleMedia
Production." In 1990, Goodson received the Emmy Award
Emmy Award
"Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television", which was presented to him by Betty White.[3] Two years later, in 1992, Goodson earned induction into the Television Hall of Fame. Foreign versions[edit] Many Goodson-Todman games were produced internationally, some under different titles, and were distributed by Reg Grundy
Reg Grundy
Productions – Family Feud
Family Feud
was known in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
as Family Fortunes, and Card Sharks
Card Sharks
went under the title Play Your Cards Right. In Germany, Match Game
Match Game
was known as Schnickschnack (loosely translated, "something, anything" and used as a counterpart for the word "blank", for which there is no direct word in German). In the United Kingdom, it was known as Blankety Blank, while in Australia, it was known as Blankety Blanks (which, coincidentally, was the title of an unrelated American game show, created by former Goodson-Todman staffer, Bob Stewart). Most Grundy-produced counterparts of Goodson-Todman games had low payouts, but made up for it with almost identical sets or unique sets of their own (e.g., Family Fortunes). Shows[edit] Of the numerous shows Goodson produced in his lifetime, four are still on the air and are being produced by successor companies (All-American Television from 1995 to 1998, Pearson Television from 1998 to 2002, and FremantleMedia
since 2002) as of 2016: The Price Is Right, which has run continuously since 1972; Family Feud, which was canceled in 1995 but revived in its current form in 1999; and Match Game
Match Game
and To Tell the Truth, both of which were revived in 2016 after lengthy stints off the air. Mark Goodson– Bill Todman
Bill Todman
Productions (1948–1982)[edit]

Beat the Clock
Beat the Clock
(1950–1961, 1969–1974, 1979–1980 copyrighted as The Clock Co., 2002–2003) The Better Sex
The Better Sex
(1977–1978) Blade Rider, Revenge of the Indian Nations Blockbusters (1980–1982, 1987) Branded (1965–1967) Broken Sabre By Popular Demand (1950) Call My Bluff (1965) Card Sharks
Card Sharks
(1978–1981, 1986–1989, 2001–2002) copyrighted as Suzanne Productions, (later MG Productions) and The Card Sharks Company. Celebrity Family Feud
Family Feud
(2008, 2015-present) Choose Up Sides (1956) Concentration & Classic Concentration
Classic Concentration
(1973–1978, 1987–1991) copyrighted as G-T Enterprises and The Concentration Company. The Don Rickles
Don Rickles
Show (1968–1969) Double Dare (1976–1977) Family Feud
Family Feud
(1976–1985, 1988–1995, 1999-present) copyrighted by The Family Company, The New Family Company, Feudin' Productions, and Wanderlust Productions. Get the Message (1964) Goodyear Theater (1957–1960) He Said, She Said (1969–1970) It's News to Me
It's News to Me
(1951–1953, 1954) I've Got a Secret
I've Got a Secret
(1952–1967, 1972–1973, 1976, 2000–2001, 2006) Jefferson Drum (1958–1959) Judge for Yourself
Judge for Yourself
(1953–1954) Las Vegas Beat Make the Connection (1955) Match Game
Match Game
(1962–1969, 1973–1982, 1990–1991, 1998–1999, 2016-) copyrighted as Sojourn Productions, Celebrity Productions, The Match Game Company, and others. Million Dollar Password
Million Dollar Password
(2008-2009) Mindreaders
(1979–1980) Missing Links (1963–1964) The Name's the Same
The Name's the Same
(1951–1954, 1954–1955) Now You See It (1974–1975, 1989) copyrighted as Suzanne Productions and The Now You See It Company. Number Please
Number Please
(1961) One Happy Family (1961) Password (1961–1967, 1971–1975) copyrighted as Peak Productions. Password Plus and Super Password
Password Plus and Super Password
(1979–1982, 1984–1989) copyrighted as The Password Company and The Super Password Company. Philip Marlowe (1959–1960) Play Your Hunch
Play Your Hunch
(1958–1963) The Price Is Right (1956–1965, 1985–1986, 1994–1995, 1972–present) copyrighted as Marbil Productions, Price Productions and The Price Is Right Productions. The Rebel (1959–1961) The Richard Boone Show
The Richard Boone Show
(1963–1964) Rider Beyond Vengeance Say When!!
Say When!!
(1961–1965) Showoffs
(1975) Snap Judgment (1967–1969) Split Personality (1959–1960) Tattletales
(1974–1978, 1982–1984) copyrighted as Panel Productions and The Tattletales
Company. That's My Line (1980–1981) To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
(1956–1968, 1969–1978, 1980–1981, 1990–1991, 2000–2002, 2016-) Two for the Money (1952–1956, 1957) What's Going On? (1954) What's My Line?
What's My Line?
(1950–1967, 1968–1975) What's My Line?
What's My Line?
at 25 (1975) The Web (1950–1954) Winner Take All (1948–1950, 1951, 1952)

Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
Productions (1982–1995)[edit]

Child's Play (1982–1983) The Match Game- Hollywood
Squares Hour (1983–1984) TV's Funniest Game Show Moments (1984) TV's Funniest Game Show Moments #2 (1985) Body Language (1984–1986) Trivia Trap
Trivia Trap
(1984–1985) Classic Concentration
Classic Concentration
(1987–91) copyrighted as The Concentration Company, a subsidiary of NBC.

Unsold pilots produced by Goodson-Todman Productions and Mark Goodson Productions[edit]

Rate Your Mate (1951, for CBS) Take Your Choice (1954, for NBC) Play For Keeps! (1955, for CBS) It Had to Be You (1965, for NBC) It's Predictable (1970) Puzzlers (1980, for NBC) Spellbinders (1978, for NBC) Star Words (1983, for CBS) Oddball (1986, for NBC) On a Roll (1986, for CBS) TKO (1989, for CBS) Body Talk
(1990, for ABC)

Personal life and final years[edit] In 1941, Goodson married his first wife, Bluma Neveleff, and moved to New York City, where he teamed up with partner Bill Todman. The pair's first radio show, Winner Take All, premiered on CBS
in 1946. Outside of television production, Goodson and Todman went on to own several newspapers in New England as well as radio station KOL in Seattle, Washington. Bill Todman
Bill Todman
died in July, 1979, and in 1982 the Goodsons acquired the Todman heirs' portion of the company. Goodson had two children, Jill and Jonathan (born 1945), by his first wife Bluma, and a daughter, Marjorie (who was a prize model on Classic Concentration from July 1987 until its finale in September 1991), by his second wife Virginia McDavid, Miss Alabama
Miss Alabama
1953.[4] In 1972, he married his third wife, Suzanne Waddell, who had once been a guest on What's My Line?. They divorced in 1978.[4] Death[edit] Goodson died of pancreatic cancer on December 18, 1992 in New York City, one week before Christmas
Day. He is interred at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California, along with Fannie Goodson and A. E. Goodson. After his death, Bob Barker
Bob Barker
gave him a small tribute that aired after an episode of The Price is Right, as an attached segment that followed the end credits. References[edit]

^ " Hollywood
Star Walk: Mark Goodson". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 

a "Born Jan. 14, 1915 in Sacramento, CA." — ¶ 1.

^ Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications Incorporated. 1961. ISSN 0007-2028. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ Feder, Robert (June 28, 1990). "Chicago Sun-Times: Emmy loser Lucci to skip awards show". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 47. Retrieved March 20, 2011.  ^ a b McMurran, Kristin (May 14, 1984). " Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
Wizard of Games". People. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Biography portal

Museum of Broadcast Communications: Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
and Bill Todman Lords of Fun and GamesSports Illustrated.com A Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
Productions Legacy.com Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
on IMDb Goodson's Emmy acceptance speech on YouTube
on the Emmy channel Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
at Find a Grave A film clip "The Open Mind - Taking A Stand. . . In Time? (1991)" is available at the Internet Archive Mark Goodson's Profile

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Television Hall of Fame Class of 1992

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Daytime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
Lifetime Achievement

Charita Bauer, Larry Haines, Mary Stuart (1985) Pamela Ilott (1986) Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson
(1990) William J. Bell
William J. Bell
(1992) Douglas Marland (1993) Dick Clark
Dick Clark
(1994) Betty Corday, Ted Corday
Ted Corday
(1995) Phil Donahue
Phil Donahue
(1996) Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
(1997) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(1998) Bob Barker
Bob Barker
(1999) Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters
(2000) Ralph Edwards
Ralph Edwards
(2001) John Cannon (2002) Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
(2003) Rachel Ames, John Clark, Jeanne Cooper, Eileen Fulton, Don Hastings, Anna Lee, Ray MacDonnell, Frances Reid, Helen Wagner, Ruth Warrick (2004) Merv Griffin
Merv Griffin
(2005) Caroll Spinney
Caroll Spinney
(2006) Lee Phillip Bell, James Lipton
James Lipton
(2007) Regis Philbin
Regis Philbin
(2008) Sesame Street
Sesame Street
(2009) Agnes Nixon
Agnes Nixon
(2010) Pat Sajak, Alex Trebek
Alex Trebek
(2011) Bill Geddie (2012) Monty Hall, Bob Stewart (2013) Russell Morash (2014) Betty White
Betty White
(2015) Sonia Manzano
Sonia Manzano