Preserving a cultural heritage

A special issue from Weekly Variety

When people hear the word “preservation,” they typically think of film. But Weekly Variety’s special themed issue carries more than a dozen stories, included on this page, spotlighting the work being done in TV, theater, print and videogames, as well as film– everything from groundbreaking series to dance performances to Pac-Man and “Hee-Haw.”

In every case, there are questions of money, manpower and technology, all facing the common enemy of time. Digital was once touted as indestructible, but has since proven that it won’t last forever. Preservation, clearly, is an ongoing job.


  • Hollywood or dust
  • Flood, fire doesn’t mean total loss
  • Selznick school leads preservation effort

  • Broadway’s library preserves past

  • Days of our archives
  • Vintage vidgames remain viable
  • Videotape challenge is in the machinery

  • Remastering Center preserves Hong Kong film
  • India faces monumental film restoration effort
  • Nations partner to save heritage
  • Euros top up TV treasure troves
  • Fires, heat trouble Egyptian film preservation

  • A paperless trail
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