Foreshadowing a pattern of film production still yet to come, in late 1973 Twentieth Century-Fox joined forces with Warner Bros. to co-produce The Towering Inferno (1974),  an all-star action blockbuster from producer Irwin Allen . Both studios found themselves owning the rights to books about burning skyscrapers. Allen insisted on a meeting with the heads of both studios and announced that as Fox was already in the lead with their property it would be career suicide to have competing movies. And so the first joint venture studio deal was struck. In hindsight whilst it may be common place now, back in the 1970s it was a risky, but revolutionary idea that paid off handsomely at both the domestic and international box offices around the world.
Carter V. Findley is president of the World History Association and professor of history at Ohio State University, where he and John Rothney co-founded the world history program. He received Ohio State's Distinguished Research Award in 2000. A specialist in Turkish studies with a lengthy bibliography, Dr. Findley has also written two major books on Ottoman history, both published by Princeton University Press: BUREAUCRATIC REFORM IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE: THE SUBLIME PORTE, 1789-1922 (1980) and the prize-winning OTTOMAN CIVIL OFFICIALDOM: A SOCIAL HISTORY (1989). He has been a visiting professor at both the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, 1994) and Bilkent University (Ankara, 1997) as well as a visiting member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1981-1982). Dr. Findley received his . from Harvard University in 1969.
John Alexander Murray Rothney is professor of history at Ohio State University, where he and Carter Findley co-founded the world history program. His areas of specialization include the history of modern France and twentieth-century world history. Dr. Rothney's books include BONAPARTISM AFTER SEDAN (Cornell University Press, 1969) and THE BRITTAN AFFAIR AND THE CRISIS OF THE ANCIENT REGIME (Oxford, 1969). He has also published a number of articles in scholarly journals, including his latest project, a work entitled "France Since DeGaulle: An Interpretative History." Dr. Rothney received his . from Harvard University in 1964.
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