Alan felt that neither steadicam nor handheld camera work would be appropriate to the "visual grammar of that time, and that aesthetic didn’t mesh with [their] classic approach"—accordingly, the sets were designed to be practical for dolly work.According to a 2011 Miller Tabak Company estimate published in Barron's, Lions Gate Entertainment received an estimated .71 million from AMC for each episode, a little less than the .84 million each episode costs to produce.After seven seasons and 92 episodes, Mad Men's final episode aired on May 17, 2015.
According to the show's pilot, the phrase "Mad men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves, a claim that has since been disputed.
Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is featured in the series, initially as the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper and later a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and the people in his personal and professional lives.
Palmer, Albert, Andre Jacquemetton, and Maria Jacquemetton were also writers on the first season.
Bridget Bedard, Chris Provenzano, and writer's assistant Robin Veith completed the first-season writing team.
To convey an "air of mystery" around Don Draper, Taylor tended to shoot from behind him or would frame him partially obscured.
Many scenes set at Sterling Cooper were shot lower-than-eyeline to incorporate the ceilings into the composition of frame; this reflects the photography, graphic design and architecture of the period.Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's All Right" ended the last episode of Season 1.In addition to having created the series, Matthew Weiner was the show runner, head writer, and an executive producer; he contributed to each episode—writing or co-writing the scripts, casting various roles, and approving costume and set designs.), Todd London, Lisa Albert, Andre Jacquemetton, and Maria Jacquemetton were producers on the first season.Lacking a suitable network buyer, they tabled sales efforts until years later when a talent manager on Weiner's team, Ira Liss, pitched the series to AMC's Vice President of Development, Christina Wayne."The network was looking for distinction in launching its first original series," according to AMC Networks president Ed Carroll, "and we took a bet that quality would win out over formulaic mass appeal." He also was influenced by director Wong Kar-wai in the music, mise en scène, and editorial style."It was lively, and it had something new to say," Chase said.