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Jerry Bruckheimer

A marriage of convenience, not virtue The relationship between television and movies has evolved from hostile to supportive - and increasingly, commercial and cynical.

Since television was introduced to the throngs at the New York World's Fair in 1939, TV and the movies have had a curious relationship: at times hostile, at times mutually supportive and even, on rare occasions, spurring each other to greater creativity.

Film and television have become so symbiotic it's difficult to believe that when TV was first introduced, the movie industry refused to have anything to do with it. Until the mid-1950s, the studios forbade their stars from appearing on television, and banned their films from being shown on the dreaded box.

By 1956, the folly of such strategies had been made clear by two groundbreaking TV events: The huge success of ABC's...