Nam June Paik & TV Lab: License to Create

: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production


Video art becomes a world-wide phenomenon, portable video documentaries change broadcast television, experimental drama and diverse, ethnic voices influence new generations though the TV LAB.  


This historical, educational documentary explores the collaborative collision of artists and television at Thirteen/WNET, New York, 1972-1984. With NYSCA and Rockefeller Foundation funds, pioneering video artist Nam June Paik inspired the TV LAB where engineering genius John Godfrey figured out how to broadcast half-inch video. Run by omnivorous producer David Loxton, TV LAB expanded television and built many extraordinary careers.


I want to introduce a new generation to a vision of public television as an innovative force in global culture. During the TV LAB era (1972-1984), we thought of public television as the research and development arm of all of television. I want to show how television once was regarded as an artistic medium, not just focused on the bottom line; how artists and journalists expanded our vision of the world. At Thirteen/WNET New York from 1973 to 1980, I produced documentaries for Bill Moyers, created Assignment America with Studs Terkel, won an Emmy for The Robert MacNeil Report, served as Executive Producer of The Dick Cavett Show, and designed an election year series for Moyers. Because I had known video artist Nam June Paik since 1966, I saw original TV LAB broadcasts before as well as after I joined Thirteen. Later, I would work with many TV LAB people  including Paik himself. I would attend INPUT the international public television conference begun in 1977 with TV LAB artists. I want to honor this legacy. I hope NAM JUNE PAIK & TV LAB: License to Create will lead to the preservation of TV LAB programs for they are historically, educationally and creatively important today.  SEE TRAILER AT


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UPDATE - October 01, 2015


Screening Oct 13th & Master Class Oct. 14th

Howard Weinberg is an award-winning independent documentary film and television producer. His imaginative producing have contributed to the successes of major figures in American journalism such as Bill Moyers, Studs Terkel, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, and Harry Reasoner.

UPDATE - April 30, 2015

UPDATE - April 23, 2015

Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen's documentary screening series showed NAM JUNE PAIK & TV LAB: LICENSE TO CREATE as a work-in-progress at the IFC Center on April 21, 2015:

UPDATE - April 23, 2015

Jon Kalish reported on documentaries about early video including mine in the public television newspaper Current:

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