The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts will be the new home this fall to a vast collection of Brandon Tartikoff’s industry correspondences thanks to a donation by his widow, Lilly Tartikoff.
Tartikoff, the youngest programming chief in NBC history, was credited for the success of The Golden Girls, Miami Vice and The Cosby Show.
The collection, dating from 1979 to 1992, features more than 4,000 individual letters from Tartikoff during his time at at the network. Tartikoff passed away in 1997 at the age of 48 from Hodgkin’s Disease.
“We are very grateful to Lilly Tartikoff for this unique and generous gift,” said legendary filmmaker and USC alumnus George Lucas. “It is a staggering collection for students of television and popular culture, providing rare insight into the mind and achievements of arguably one of the most prominent and influential creative executives in television history.”