Paddy Chayefsky, birth name Sidney Aaron Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 - August 1 1981) was an author, producer and composer that wrote a number of plays and screenplays. His most famous work was the screenplay for the motion picture Network, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Writing of a Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

The film Network was Chayefsky's send-up of television, and it marked the apex of his satiric mode. He depicted an institution that had sold its soul for ratings and become "a goddamned amusement park," in the words of news anchor Howard Beale, the movie's main character.[1]

It is also worth noting that the fictional network in the movie was UBS and the network for Studio 60 is NBS.


Paddy Chayefsky at
The Museum of Boradcast Communications