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
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
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
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.