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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Phil Doran papers
    Creator: Doran, Phil
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC.0351
    Physical Description: 1.4 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 1 half document box)
    Date (inclusive): 1967-1971
    Abstract: Phil Doran was a television writer who wrote for game shows and late night talk shows in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The collection consists of his project ideas, game show questions, talk show host monologues and a small number of business notes.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Phil Doran Papers (Collection PASC 351). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Elizabeth Graney.
    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
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    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9966850463606533 


    Phil Doran graduated from Indiana University in 1965 with a B.S. in Radio-TV Production/Direction. From 1965-1967 Doran worked for various advertising agencies writing advertisements for radio, print and television. In August of 1967, Doran was hired by Chuck Barris Productions to write questions and coordinate contestants for the game shows The Newlywed Game, The Dating Game and The Family Game. He was hired as the head writer for The Joey Bishop Show in November of 1968, a position he retained until the show's cancellation in November 1969. In 1971, Doran worked as the talent coordinator for The Merv Griffin Show for which he wrote guest introduction and interview sets. Doran later went on to write for the daytime game show The Amateur's Guide to Love in 1972. Doran went on to write and produce such shows as Who's The Boss?, The Wonder Years and Sanford and Son. In 2006, he published the novel The Reluctant Tuscan.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials related to the early career of television writer Phil Doran. Included are project ideas, game show material, television talk show host monologues and a small number of business notes. The bulk of the materials consist of host monologues and guest questions for The Joey Bishop Show and The Merv Griffin Show. There are also segment bits for the short lived daytime game show The Amateur's Guide to Love, a game involving videotaped sequences from around the greater Los Angeles area. Also included are questions and notes for the game shows The Newlywed Game and The Family Game.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder titles assigned by the processor, which reflect the contents of the files.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Television writers -- Archives.
    Doran, Phil