Although Creative Video Productions wasn’t founded by Marc Goldstein until 1982, it has its roots in the hills of western Tennessee near the home of famed frontiersman, Davy Crockett. He and Marc’s great, great, great grandpappy, Jeramiah Zachariah, were best friends until DC went off to DC as a congressman. JZ, as most people called him, had bigger fish to fry, so he stayed home and invented the video camera. He created this boxy-looking prototype using tree bark, a little sap and a few leaves. It had a very low resolution.
Through the Civil War years, JZ, his sons, EZ and DZ and two of his daughters, Weezie and Easy Peasy, found clients difficult to acquire and the video camera stayed locked up in the family trunk the rest of the 19th century and much of the 20th.
Following the two great wars, with the camera still in the trunk and technology quickly passing the Zs by, things changed drastically. Radio, TV, technicolor movies, popcorn, Raisinettes and other inventions like tubes and chips, changed the industry. The Z family, bewildered by these innovations, left the old camera untouched and stuck to typewriter repair.
In 1969, the latest offspring of the family and LSU sophomore, Marc Goldstein, started freelancing for ABC Sports and in 1974 joined the production department at what was then WRBT-TV(now WVLA). He became a news photographer, assignments editor, and then news director. In 1982, he left the TV station to start Creative Video Productions. He opened the trunk, dusted off JZ’s camera and decided it was time to buy a new one. Good move.