The late Brandon Tartikoff, who was the youngest programming chief in NBC’s history, will have his letters and papers donated to the University of Southern California, reports TheWrap.com.
The collection of Tartikoff’s correspondence from his NBC days, as well as when he ran Paramount Pictures, was donated by Lilly Tartikoff, his widow, after urging from director/producer/writer George Lucas.
Lucas, the creator of "Star Wars" and a USC alumnus, said in a statement: "We are very grateful to Lilly Tartikoff for this unique and generous gift. 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."
Lilly Tartikoff’s statement added, "Brandon would be delighted to know that his papers were being made available to SCA [School of Cinematic Arts] students. He was in many ways a teacher himself, and loved sharing his experiences in this business with others coming up the ranks."
The collection includes more than 4,000 items, covering the years 1979-1992. An official presentation will take place at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in the fall.