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David Rabinovitch fonds
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CA UMASC MSS 421, TC 124 (A07-47, A13-110)
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- Rabinovitch, David
- TC 124 (A07-47): 1927-1973; MSS 421 (A13-110): 1969-2006
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0.5 m of textual records
56 16mm audio reels
37 videocassettes: 9 U-matic, 27 VHS, 1 Betacam
3 film reels
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David Rabinovitch is an award winning producer, screenwriter, and director of television, radio, and film documentaries. Born in Morden, Manitoba in 1951, he began his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967. He moved to Toronto, Ontario to work at CBC headquarters, where he wrote produced and narrated programs for the CBC Radio Network series "Between Ourselves," "Ideas," "Five Nights," "Matinee," "Concern," "Auction Set," and "Alarm Clock". He wrote, directed, and produced the CBC television series "Take 30," "Adrienne at Large," and "Hard Times." In 1977 David Rabinovitch moved to Los Angeles where he produced the Emmy-winning magazine series Here & Now for CBS. He then served for two years as Senior Producer of the documentary unit at KRON (NBC) in San Francisco, California. Since then, his work has been featured on major networks including CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, A&E, and The Learning Channel. Rabinovitch was Vice-President of Production at KCTS (PBS) in Seattle from 2000-2003.
Since developing his own production company, Fleetwood Films, Rabinovitch has produced several award-winning historical dramas including, "Secret Files of the Inquisition," "The Sultan's Women," and "The Perilous Flight". In addition to winning an Emmy Award, Rabinovitch has also received a Peabody and Canada's Gemini Award for Best Director.
The first accession of the fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by David Rabinovitch in 2007 and the second accession was donated in 2013.
Scope and content
The first accession (TC 124, A07-47) contains 19 hours of 36 taped documentaries and interviews of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio shows by David Rabinovitch dating from May 1970 to May 1973. The lengths of each production varies from 15 minute segments to 30 and 60 minute documentary programs. The interviews deal with then-current cultural issues in Canada and the United States ranging from anti-war demonstrations, race relations, drugs, the French community in Manitoba, and many others. In addition to David Rabinovitch’s interviews the fonds also contains CBC archived radio programs from 1927, 1942, 1949 and 1953 on topics such as Canada’s Jubilee, Road to Dominion, Davidson Dunton, and Hear Canada Grow, respectively.
The second accession (MSS 421, A13-110) contains research materials, transcripts, correspondence, photographs, and notes regarding documentaries and other projects Rabinovitch produced. Additionally this accession contains audio reels, U-matic tapes, film reels, Betacam tapes, and VHS tapes relating to projects Rabinovitch wrote, directed, or produced. Notably, there is comprehensive documentation and corresponding film materials for "Hard Times" a documentary series Rabinovitch produced for the CBC.
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This collection is arranged into five series:
1) Documentation and Research Material
4) Moving Image
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MSS 421, TC 124 (A07-47, A13-110)
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Inventory prepared by Brett Lougheed in 2009.
Finding aid encoded by V. Zvonik in 2009.
Information regarding A07-47 migrated by Andrea Martin in June 2014 .
Revised by Andrea Martin June 2014.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona on 07 June 2017.
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