Allan B. Schwartz Biography

Allan B. Schwartz, the creative force behind absco media, began his career at ABC-TV, New York and subsequently moved to NBC-TV. He spent the early part of his career working in the News, Documentary and Sports divisions.

While at ABC he produced and directed, "THE VANISHING WILDERNESS," an episode of the award-winning series - Discovery - featuring Senator Robert F. Kennedy travelling with his family and friends down the Colorado River. Senator Kennedy narrated various segments of the documentary.

Allan then moved into motion picture production where he was in charge of production for Palomar Pictures, a division of the Bristol Myers Company, where he worked for Edgar Scherick, President. Allan had first worked for Scherick when Scherick was head of programming for ABC-TV. He was also the innovator of ABC Sports Programs, Peyton Place, Batman, The Patty Duke Show and many other ratings hits.

At Palomar Pictures Allan supervised the production of The Heartbreak Kid, directed by Elaine May and written by Neal Simon starring Sybil Shepard and Chuck Grodin. He also supervised the production of the film Sleuth, directed by Joseph Mankiewicz, starring Sir Lawrence Olivier and Michael Caine on location in London. Allan also supervised the making of several Made-For-TV movies as well as other feature films all over the world.

20th Century Fox recruited Allan from New York to eventually become Vice President of Specials, TV Movies, Daytime and Syndicated Programs. These four departments flourished under Allan's direction. One year, all four departments won Emmy Awards. He was responsible for such programs as Life Goes to the Movies, The Making of Star Wars. His relationship with George Lucas prompted Lucas to make a series of Star War TV specials with Allan and Fox. Allan worked with the late Jack Haley, Jr. (son of Jack Haley, the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz) and was responsible for America Salutes Richard Rodgers (winner of four Emmys); and he created Dance Fever with Merv Griffin which ran for nine years.

Columbia Pictures Television enticed him away from Fox where he worked as an independent producer and produced the game show series Celebrity Charades.

When Taft Broadcasting bought the assets of Quinn Martin Television, known as QM, and renamed it Taft Entertainment Television, Allan became Vice President of Program Development. He developed and supervised the pilot/series of the first crime reality series entitled Counter-Attack Crime in America for ABC-TV. Allan went on to develop a number of daytime game shows and movies for television for Taft.

Allan joined the Playboy Entertainment Group as Executive Vice President where with CEO Christy Hefner and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, created a new company called Alta Loma Productions. This company produced only PG-rated programs for television. His first success was the launch of the late night series After Hours for the Fox Television stations and national syndication.

He then moved into independent production under the banner of Allan B. Schwartz Productions; where he produced a two-hour movie/pilot, Lethal Exposure, for NBC, on location in Paris starring Ally Sheedy, a co-production with Canal +. He was also the Supervising Producer of the Phil Donahue 25th Anniversary 2-hour Special for NBC.

Allan went on to become Executive Vice President of Johnson-Burnett Productions based at the Hollywood Center Studios where he expanded the company into new areas of broadcasting with BrandMedia a new division he created for the company.

Allan now lives in Greenville, NC providing worldwide consulting services and developing a television miniseries based on The Civil War. He is a frequent traveler to the Los Angeles area.

 

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