"Retro Active Television" and Herbie J. Pilato Win 2023 Independent Book and Author of the Year Award

Los Angeles Book Festival Names
 2023 Intependent Book
of the Year

 Book Explores How Classic Television Has Shaped Society

LOS ANGELES: RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION: AN IN-DEPTH PERSPECTIVEON CLASSIC TV’S SOCIAL SECURITY (Headline Books) is the winner of the 2023 Los Angeles Book Festival, which honors the best of the world publishing community.

As Bruce Haring, representative of the Los Angeles Book Festival notes on http://www.losangelesbookfestival.com/, RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION “…explores the world of classic television, showing us what the programmers were thinking in the creative and programming process. Written by an author whose knowledge of popular culture is among the world’s finest, the book offers fresh insight into some of television’s favorites. For fans of the medium, it’s a journey that enlightens and entertains.”

With a Foreword by actor Eric Scott of The Waltons, RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION features exclusive commentary and insight from esteemed TV actors including actors like the Emmy-winning Michael Learned (also of The Waltons), and Peter Mark Richman (The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive), and acclaimed writer/producers Ed Spielman (the Emmy-winning creator of the original Kung Fu TV series), and Larry Brody (The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones), who calls RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, “A must-read!”

Marc Wade of the Television Academy and Emmys.com, adds, "Herbie J Pilato brings his expertise to bear with this extensive analysis of television's effect and reflection on our culture; a book that connects the dots between the medium's origins and milestones, between the past and the present...and how we can utilize it productively...for the future." 2

About Herbie J Pilato:

Herbie J Pilato is a writer, producer, TV personality, and author of over 14 books about classic TV shows and their stars. Those include MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, which Pete Hammond of Deadline.com called “…another one of Herbie J Pilato’s all-encompassing biographies.” Peter King of CBS News Radio hailed, “Herbie J Pilato is a true ‘keeper of the flame’ for classic TV. With MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, he’s given us an extensive, humanizing look at one of the medium’s biggest icons; the good, the bad and sometimes, ugly. But it’s real.” Pilato is a former actor who appeared on classic TV shows like The Golden Girls, and a former NBC Page who worked on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. In his book, NBC & ME: MY LIFE AS A PAGE IN A BOOK, Pilato shares the various experiences of his working on several classic TV shows of the 1980s. As the author of two biographies of Bewitched TV star Elizabeth Montgomery (TWITCH UPON A STAR and THE ESSENTIAL ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY), Pilato has served as an executive producer, writer, and on-screen commentator for the acclaimed new Reelz TV documentary, ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY: A BEWITCHED LIFE. In 2019, Pilato hosted and co-executive-produced his own classic TV talk show, THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, which streamed on Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime UK, and Shout! Factory TV. Guests included actors Ed Asner, Burt Ward, Cindy Williams, Robert Conrad, David Selby, and more. In 2013, Pilato founded the Classic TV Preservation Society (CTVPS), a formal 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive social influence of classic television programming.

Upcoming Book Signings for RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION in Los Angeles:

Burbank Barnes & Noble – Thursday, May 11, 2023 – 6:30 PM

• Book Soup in West Hollywood – Monday, June 12, 2023 – 7:00 PM

Retro Active Television: An In-Depth Perspective on Classic TV’s Social Circuitry
240-page softback ($24.95)
Publisher: Headline Books: February 21, 2023
ISBN-10: 1958914088
ISBN-13: 978-1958914083
Available online and at booksellers everywhere
Media Contact:
Roger Jon Hyman Publicist * Pilato Creative Media, Los Angeles
Phone: 818.618.8090 * Email: rjhyman.pmc@gmail.com

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