Producer, and star of Studio 14.
all of NBC's late night shows.
Rick Ludwin recently left NBC after a stellar career of 31 years.
He was in charge of the late-night
shows for most of that time, He came to Oxford from Cleveland, and was the
prime mover behind WMUB's variety show, Studio
14. His favorite office decoration was a page taken from TV guide,
listing his first appearance on that show. He earned his Master's at
Northwestern, but seems to call Miami his scholastic home. Every July 4th,
he would return to Mac & Joe's for a hoagie (they're called "a Miami Tradition
now) and a dinner with Bill and Dixie Utter.
has been substantially generous, awarding four broadcasting scholarships
annually. He helps to finance the Bill Utter scholarship as well. He has
delivered lectures for the benefit of broadcasting classes and to campus
generally. His show business connections helped bring Jay Leno and Bob
Hope to campus for Parents' Weekend concerts. Most of the memorabilia you
see on this web site came from his carefully-preserved collection. He's
donated his video and audio tapes to the
Here is a brief rendition
of his accomplishments:
|1966 - 1981
Producer, the Mike Douglas Show.
Staff producer for local TV station WLS in Chicago and WXYZ in
|1977 - 1979
||Joined NBC as Director, variety programs.
Producer, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour,
Associate Producer of "Olympathon '79" for NBC Sports.
Wrote comedy material for the syndicated satire
Director, specials and variety series.
Vice President for specials and variety programs.
||Senior Vice President for specials,
variety programs and late-night, NBC Entertainment
In addition, Rick oversaw two Jack Parr specials and
the last twelve years of Johnny Carson. Rick is proud of the risk he
took in Seinfeld. He commissioned the pilot for the show, apportioned
money to keep the show alive, and oversaw the show from its beginning to
Ludwin has overseen or managed the production of other NBC
offerings: "Real People," "Unsolved Mysteries," "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today,
Forever," "Later with Bob Costas," "Saturday Night Live" and "The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno." Also these specials:
|2001 - 2002
||50 Years of NBC Late Night
|2004 - 2005
||The Seinfeld Story
|2004 - 2005
||Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live
If you want to see what Rick has been up to lately, you
can surf to his
Twitter Feed. There, he sums up his career:
I've loved TV since I was a kid. I'm an NBC exec who said yes to SEINFELD, worked in
late night with Johnny Carson, Saturday Night Live, Letterman, Conan, Fallon, Carson Daly,
and Seth Meyers.
Rick has too many credits
in his portfolio for it all to be luck--unless you mean Knute Rockne's
Luck is what happens
when preparation meets opportunity.