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Bachner became the first woman director at NBC Television in 1947. She started working at NBC in 1945 when the Television Dept. was a staff of six relegated to one room behind the then all-important Radio equipment area. The scrappy young New Yorker learned the ropes on the mobile unit, covering V-E Day, V-J Day, parades, and sports events.

After stage-managing which, as she puts it was mainly "potty patrol," on the Howdy Doody show, Bachner was accidentally promoted to director contrary to official policy, because she was in the rolls as "A. Bachner." When the network realized its mistake they squeezed her out – after she directed NBC’s first televised news program. Bachner went on to a long, successful career directing and producing commercials. She was the first American to win the Golden Lion at Cannes for directing a TV commercial in the 1960’s.

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