Herbert Brodkin managed to produce some of the most thought-provoking and gripping programs in television history. Among them: Studio One, Motorola Hour, Alcoa Theater, Playhouse 90, The Defenders, Shane, The Nurses, Coronet Blue, Espionage; plus original TV movies and mini-series including The People Next Door, Pueblo, The Missiles of October, Holocaust, Skokie, Sakharov, and Mandela.
Brodkin was the youngest of six children born to Russian Jewish immigrants in New York. He attended Yale drama school, and then joined the army, where he was responsible for producing USO shows for troops during World War II. His first television job was set designer on the 1950 CBS show Charlie Wild, Private Detective. When the line producer left, Brodkin volunteered to take over production, and thus began his long producing career.
Over the years, Herb Brodkin-steered shows have won more than 40 Emmys.
"Television has been wonderful to me, and I have a great life," said Brodkin in a 1982 emmy Magazine interview. "I do what I want, and I make a lot of money, and I enjoy everything I do. I come and go as I please. I tell people exactly what I think of them. It's no way to make friends, but it short-circuits a lot of trouble. I have no complaints whatsoever."
Brodkin died in 1990 at age 77.