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AFI and TCM collaborate on series of specials

Quarterly series to focus on working partnerships in film

The American Film Institute is teaming with Turner Classic Movies to produce a series of quarterly specials focused on notable collaborations.

First hour-long spesh will look at the 40-year collaboration between Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams. The Spielberg-Williams relationship began with 1974’s “The Sugarland Express” and continued with “Jaws,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

“It is understood that film is a collaborative art, but the enormously successful artists featured in these specials have taken collaboration to its highest level,” said Michael Wright, exec veep, programming for TCM, TNT and TBS.

In this first episode, Spielberg and Williams will discuss their inspirations and hold a Q&A session in front of an audience of AFI Fellows.

“TCM Presents: AFI Master Class — The Art of Collaboration” premieres at 8 p.m. Nov. 15. Future filmmakers for the series have not yet been announced.

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