Klaus Landsberg

Klaus Landsberg
TV: East side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Director | Executive | Producer
Born July 7, 1916 in Berlin, Germany
Died Sept. 16, 1956 of cancer

Klaus Landsberg was the general manager of Los Angeles television station KTLA Channel 5 and a local TV pioneer.

Landsberg started at KTLA in 1941. He gained note for arranging live telecasts of such events as the A-bomb tests in the Nevada desert and the attempt to rescue Kathy Fiscus from a San Marino well shaft. He received scores of awards for outstanding achievement in a variety of fields of television production.

He was born in Berlin, and by age 18 had been appointed assistant to the director of one of the world's first television laboratories. At 20, he took part in arranging telecasts of the 1936 Olympic Games from Berlin.

He came to the United States in 1938 as a television development engineer with a Philadelphia station, and moved to the National Broadcasting Co. video division a year later. While with NBC, Landsberg helped to arrange the first public demonstration of television at the New York World's Fair.

Under Landsberg's direction, KTLA inaugurated the West Coast's first video transcription service in 1949, a few months after pioneering the area's first TV network by joining with KFMB-TV in San Diego.

In addition to his position as general manager of KTLA, Landsberg was also a vice president of Paramount Television Productions.

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