Leonard H. Goldenson established ABC as a leading television network and was responsible for many firsts in television history.
ABC’s Leonard H. Goldenson, CBS' William S. Paley and NBC's David Sarnoff were the three founding titans of television. Goldenson persuaded movie studios to begin filming programs for television and brought Paramount from bankruptcy to film industry leadership. This led to the development of TV writing resources.
The roster of ABC alumni Goldenson helped mentor includes Michael Eisner, former chairman of Walt Disney Co., which now owns ABC; Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, producers of "Roseanne" and "The Cosby Show"; and Barry Diller, former chairman of USA in Networks Inc. His autobiography “Beating the Odds” are voices of crucial people to the ABC story including Peter Jennings, Bob Hope, Dick Clark, and Barabara Walters.
Leonard H. Goldenson's personal papers and business records were donated to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles on October 5, 2009.