The Ed Sullivan Documentary
Sullivision – Ed Sullivan and the Struggle for Civil Rights is a 70-minute documentary taking a surprising look at a man who was once television’s most influential personality. Ed Sullivan is known for creating the longest running variety show and introducing the Beatles to America. What most people don’t know is that he was also a risk-taker who booked African American artists despite threats from southern sponsors and numerous letters from irate white viewers. Sullivan showcased acts audiences had never heard of that are household names today — and he treated these artists with grace and dignity back when racism was normal and insidious, challenging America to do the same. This film tells the story of a man who changed the face of popular culture and the performers and viewers whose lives were deeply impacted by the show. Based on interviews with celebrities and Sullivan’s family members, as well as media analysts, the documentary brings to light a little known chapter in America’s struggle for racial justice.