|Breaking Bonanza News
|Very sad news...David Canary has passed away
New York, November 25, 2015 -- Like so many, I was shocked and stunned by the very sad news about David Canary revealed yesterday. Alzheimer's disease is a terrible scourge!
|Special DVD Message from Andy:
ANDY KLYDE: Impt. Info. re. BONANZA Season 2 vol 1
|Breaking Bonanza News
With great regret I report the passing of Bill Wistrom, MPSE, in Los Angeles on March 10, 2010. Bill was Post Production Supervisor on BONANZA from its inception to cancellation, and oversaw postproduction for THE HIGH CHAPARRAL as well. He began his career in the Sound Department at Paramount Studios in 1953 while he was still a university student and retired after Paramount canceled “Star Trek: Enterprise” in 2005. Bill worked on all the post-original “Star Trek” series, and he commented that Rick Berman, Executive Producer of all the Trek series that followed the original, reminded him of David Dortort. Wistrom earned 15 Emmy Award nominations and won six. In 2008, the MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) honored Wistrom with its Career Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments over the course of his six-decade career. (See the account towards the bottom of the page at this link for more details):
|August 3, 2009
At the invitation of Chuck Greene (son of Lorne Greene) and the Incline Village & Crystal Bay Historical Society, BONANZA authority Andy Klyde will be giving a lecture about the classic series and its beloved cast in honor of BONANZA's 50th anniversary at the Washoe County Public Library in Incline Village, Nevada, at 4:00 PM on Thursday, September 10, 2009. An archivist and historian, Klyde is also an attorney for Bonanza Ventures, and Executive Producer of the forthcoming DVD release -- BONANZA: The Official First Season. Following the lecture, conventioneers will have ample time to return to the Horizon Casino Resort in Stateline to attend the first BONANZA episode screenings of the evening at 7:00 PM.
|Bonanza Ventures Press Release - 3/16/09
Bonanza Ventures announces plans to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of BONANZA with the introduction of “Little Joe’s Horse Cochise” by Breyer Animal Creations
January 15, 2009, Andy Klyde writes: Very sad news about BONANZA alumni Ricardo Montalban. We never met but I've only heard good things about him from people who knew or worked with him.
|BONANZA on "The O'Reilly Factor"
Interesting news, people -- "The O'Reilly Factor" on
the Fox News Channel has a segment entitled "TV
Icons" from time to time, and tomorrow night's show
(Friday, April 18, 2008, 8 pm Eastern, repeat at 11 pm
Eastern) will feature "BONANZA." Yours truly will be
a part of the segment (and it's non-political). Hope
you get a chance to watch. The host is a big BONANZA
| It is with deep regret and sorrow that I have to report the passing of Alex Sharp in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 6, 2008. He had suffered from heart and stroke-related ailments in recent months.
A veteran of World War II who served in the last Cavalry Unit and saw action in the South Pacific, Alex was a tremendous athlete, a quality that served him well during his fifty years in Hollywood. He was a founding and lifetime member of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures, but it was his outstanding writing skills that endeared him most to BONANZA and THE HIGH CHAPARRAL enthusiasts. Alex authored some of the most beloved and fondly remembered episodes, including "Hound Dog," "Old Sheba" (directed by his long-time friend and golfing buddy, John Florea), "The Hayburner" and "The Covey."
A man of limitless energy and enthusiasm, and one of the all-time great raconteurs, Alex will be missed by his legion of fans whom he regaled with his tales at BONANZA and THE HIGH CHAPARRAL conventions.
Alex is survived by his devoted wife Kiyo and daughter Charisse Glenn, and son Bobo. On Saturday, March 29, 2008, his family and friends gathered at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City to recall and celebrate his life. It was quite a party, and Alex would've loved it.
ANDY KLYDE, for Bonanza Ventures, Inc.
For further information: AJKLYDE@yahoo. com
|Bonanza Antiques Roadshow
The Antiques Roadshow featured an appraisal of a collection of BONANZA photos recently. I'm sure Ponderosa Scenery readers would like to know all the details. Here's a link:
These photos have a rather distinctive history; taken by renowned NBC photographer Elmer Holloway (at least the individual portraits) in early 1961, they were available to subscribing members of the "Bonanza Booster Club," an NBC organization concocted to drum up interest in the series in the early days. When the ratings indicated that that was no longer necessary (by the end of the third season), the "club" disbanded. Individual photos I believe were sold for $.25, and the complete photo package cost $1.00 (!). "Boosters" received their group photo personalized by an anonymous NBC staffer (who worked with our beloved "Madam of the Ponderosa, Joan Sherman Markowitz, author of Booster Club newsletters using her "nom de plume," "Dan King, club president"). The guys signed a bunch of the group shots, and did indeed inscribe as well as autograph their portraits.
|Rose Dortort Announcement
It is with deep regret and sorrow that I have to
report that Rose Seldin Dortort, beloved wife and
partner of David Dortort, passed away peacefully in
her bed at home during the early hours of Sunday,
September 30, 2007. As her health had declined
significantly over the last several months, her
passing was inevitable, but still unexpected.
Born 92 years ago in New York City, Rose celebrated the 67th anniversary of her marriage to David on September 1st. Her loving husband and children, Wendy and Fred, survive her. Legions of fans, who were fortunate to meet and get to know Rose at various gatherings in tribute to BONANZA, THE HIGH CHAPARRAL and THE PONDEROSA, shall miss her charm, grace, good humor and steadfast devotion to her husband and the legendary television programs that are his legacies.
A service will be held at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive in Hollywood Hills, (800-600-0076), at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 7th, 2007, and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at the home of David Dortort, 947 Tiverton Drive, Apt. 1460, Los Angeles, California, 90024
ANDY KLYDE, for Bonanza Ventures, Inc.
|Bonanza and The High Chaparral DVD News
by Andrew J. Klyde
Photo of David Dortort and Andy Klyde by Charlotte Lehan;
photo and text courtesy of www.THEHIGHCHAPARRAL.com.
First, a little corporate history: in 1973, after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) barred television networks from participating in the syndication of their own shows, National Telefilm Associates (NTA) purchased the NBC library of television programs. In 1986, NTA changed its name to Republic Pictures Corporation (aka Republic Entertainment). (NTA had achieved such great success with its purchase of Republic Studios library of films that it later bought the Republic name and logo; that is why BONANZA and THE HIGH CHAPARRAL episodes have the Republic eagle tacked onto their end credits). Aaron Spellings Spelling Entertainment Group (which included WorldVision Enterprises, spun off from ABC Films in 1971 to syndicate ABC-owned shows) later purchased Republic, and in 1999 Spelling/Republic merged with Viacom (created originally in 1971 to distribute CBS-owned shows; in 1984 Viacom merged with Paramount Communications, and in 2000 Viacom merged, ironically, with CBS). Now BONANZA and HC episodes have the Paramount mountain logo following the end credits. (Excised, sadly, from BONANZA prints is the trickling coins watercolor proclaiming an NBC Television Network Production.)
At a recent meeting with executives from NBC Universal, I discussed the status of THE HIGH CHAPARRAL and BONANZA and the possibilities of their imminent release on DVD. With regard to HC, NBC has certain obligations it must meet vis à vie worldwide distribution of the series. At present, CBS Paramount International is responsible for distribution outside the U.S. The executives promised to report back to me after they determine what Paramount has done, distribution-wise, which will determine whether Paramount will continue to distribute the series (both in television syndication and on home video/DVD), whether NBC Universal will take over the series, or another entity chosen by Bonanza Ventures. As soon as the executives make their report, we will have a better idea of when the process of making HC available on DVD will begin. I emphasize it is a question of when, not if, episodes will appear on DVD.
Regarding BONANZA, it is also a question of "when" and a matter of communication and coordination between NBC Universal executives, executives at Paramount Home Entertainment, and CBS. Early in 2006 Viacom completed its split into separate CBS and Viacom companies, and as a result, oversight of the pre-1973 NBC library which includes BONANZA passed to CBS from Paramount. Paramount Home Entertainment is now just the home video distributor of the NBC library. CBS has expressed interest recently in releasing BONANZA on DVD in North America (with rights to distribution in other territories, like Germany, having been sub-licensed by Paramount to a European distribution company; BVI is a profit participant in this deal, but did not specifically authorize it).
It is my hope and wish to have maximum input into the selection of episodes for these DVD releases, as well as the content of "extras," which I feel must also be included in season sets.
Words from Rick: CBS Corporation at the moment is now the distributor of the BONANZA and THE HIGH CHAPARRAL film libraries. A possible plan is to release BONANZA episodes out of sequence -- season three first and earlier episodes that have fallen into the public domain later, all with bonus materials.
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