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Finding Aid for the Bill Hobin papers, 1961-1978 (bulk 1974-1978)
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bill Hobin papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1961-1978,
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1960-1965)
    Collection number: 348
    Creator: Hobin, Bill
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.) 2 cartons
    Abstract: Emmy nominated Bill Hobin was involved with a number of popular television programs as director and/or producer. The collection included project files of scripts and production related materials documenting Hobin's career
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. Literary 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], Bill Hobin papers (Collection 348). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    There is little biographical information available about Charles William Hobin, best known as Bill Hobin. Information provided here is based on a resume found in the collection.
    Hobin worked as a production manager at Coronet Instructional Films in Glenview, IL. He was a director for the low-budget musical variety television program, Garroway at Large, produced in Chicago during the late 1940s and early 1950s. After leaving Chicago he went on to direct Your Show of Shows (1951-54), featuring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris.
    Hobin was involved with a number of popular television programs as director and/or producer, among them Your Hit Parade, The Bell Telephone Hour, Sing Along with Mitch, and The Red Skelton Hour (as director from 1963-68 and producer from 1969-70). He was involved with over 190 television specials 1972-80, working on such programs as The Many Faces of Comedy, featuring Alan King, Dinah Wont You Please Come Home, with Dinah Shore, and Red, White & Wow! with Wayne Newton and Doc Severinson. He was thrice nominated for an Emmy Award for his involvement on Your Hit Parade (1957), The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special (1967), and The Bill Cosby Special (1969). He also garnered a Director's Guild of America award nomination for his work on the controversial Maude episode, Maude's Dilemma. The death date of Bill Hobin is unknown.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of material related to the career of television producer and director, Bill Hobin. Included are project files that may contain one or more of the following: annotated scripts, rehearsal and shooting schedules, cast and crew lists, memos, and/or other production related materials. Among the project files documenting Hobin's career are The Many Faces of Comedy, The George Burns Special, The Best on Record: The Grammy Awards Special (1970), and Dinah, Won't You Please Come Home among others. The bulk of the project files were originally housed in binders, which have been removed and stored separately for preservation purposes.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The files are arranged alphabetically by project title.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Hobin, Bill -- Archives
    Television producers and directors -- Archival resources