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The House That Lucy Built: The Legacy of Desilu Productions (video)

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A video tribute to Lucille Ball's company and its TV shows

Desilu Productions, founded by Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz, was one of the most influential production companies in TV history. They changed the existing paradigm in television, producing “I Love Lucy” in Los Angeles instead of New York City, and shooting on film instead of broadcasting live, allowing them to package the show for reruns, and making themselves very wealthy. They reinvested that money into developing more shows. They branched out into genres beyond comedy, working with writers and producers to bring shows like “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” to the small screen. These shows have become multimedia franchises, and the original Desilu Productions lives on under the name of CBS Television Productions.