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. During the TV LAB era (1972-1984), we thought of it as the research and development arm of all of television.Run by omnivorous producer David Loxton, the TV LAB expanded television and built many extraordinary careers. SEE TRAILER AT


I want to show how television once went beyond the bottom line as artists and journalists expanded our vision. At Thirteen/WNET New York from 1973 to 1980, I produced programs for Bill Moyers, created Assignment America with Studs Terkel, won an Emmy for The Robert MacNeil Report, and served as Executive Producer of The Dick Cavett Show. Because I had known Nam June Paik since 1966, I saw original TV LAB broadcasts before and after I joined Thirteen. Later, I worked with many TV LAB people including Paik himself. I attended INPUT the international public television conference begun in 1977 with TV LAB artists. I hope NAM JUNE PAIK & TV LAB: License to Create will lead to the preservation of TV LAB programs as they are historically, educationally and creatively important today.  


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UPDATE - December 28, 2017

January 28, 2017: On the occasion of Arte Fiera, the Bologna, Italy, Film Archive's Cinema Lumiere screened my forthcoming feature documentary NAM JUNE PAIK & TV LAB: LICENSE TO CREATE with Italian subtitles. 

UPDATE - December 28, 2017

On October 6, 2016 Mike Janssen, digital editor of Current Newspaper, interviewed me and showed clips from NAM JUNE PAIK & TV LAB: LICENSE TO CREATE  in a new experiment created by ITVS -- the Independent Television Service. 

UPDATE - December 28, 2017

MAY 13, 2015: Screening of almost-finished feature documentary during "A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde 1960s - 1980s", an exhibiion that included my previous documentary profile "TOPLESS CELLIST" CHARLOTTE MOORMAN.  May 14, 2015: Second screening of my unfinished TV LAB documentary at FILM FRONT, a CineClub in the Pilson neighborhood of Chicago. 

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.

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