Frederic W. Ziv is considered the Father of Syndication. He was a Cincinnati native and the creator of such classic television programs as Sea Hunt, The Fugitive, Highway Patrol, The Cisco Kid, and Bat Masterson.

He got his show business start through radio, creatively linking advertising to the shows he produced. In 1948, he brought his pioneering techniques to television. Mr. Ziv had a keen eye for talent, and many of his innovations have been paramount in the history of television.

Ziv Productions was the largest TV film company during the 1950s. After selling the company to United Artists, Mr. Ziv became a writer of musicals and a teacher. For 22 years he was a professor at The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, which presents the Frederic W. Ziv award each year for broadcasting achievement. Ted Turner was its first recipient.