Buzz Potamkin

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Buzz Potamkin
Buzz Potamkin.jpg
Born Marshall Potamkin
(1945-10-22)October 22, 1945
United States
Died April 22, 2012(2012-04-22) (aged 66)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death
Pancreatic cancer
Other names Mars Potamkin
Occupation Television producer
Spouse(s) Rosie

Marshall "Buzz" Potamkin (October 22, 1945 – April 22, 2012) was an American television producer. He was known for founding Perpetual Motion Pictures (later called Buzzco Associates) in 1968, which led to the production of hundreds of TV advertisements, including the Hawaiian Punch series, MTV's "Top of the Hour" (the moon man), and MTV's "I Want My MTV" campaign. He also established Southern Star Productions and produced the animated specials The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree in 1979 and Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue in 1990, among others.[1]

After working at The Walt Disney Company for a short period in 1991, Potamkin was hired by Fred Seibert as Hanna-Barbera Cartoon's head of production, where he oversaw all the studio's output and produced shorts for Cartoon Network's What a Cartoon! series.


Year Work Credit Notes
1979 The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree Producer TV movie
1980 The Berenstain Bears Meet Bigpaw Producer TV movie
1981 Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City Producer TV short
1981 The Berenstain Bears' Easter Surprise Producer TV movie
1982 The Berenstain Bears' Comic Valentine Producer TV movie
1983 The Berenstain Bears Play Ball Producer TV movie
1983 Deck the Halls with Wacky Walls Producer TV movie
1985 ABC Weekend Special Supervising producer Episode "The Velveteen Rabbit"
1985 The Berenstain Bears Producer/director TV series
1985–1988 CBS Storybreak Supervising producer TV series
1986–1987 Teen Wolf Executive producer TV series
1988 Mad Scientist Producer Video short
1989 Marvin: Baby of the Year Producer/director TV short
1990 Peter Pan and the Pirates Executive producer TV series
1990 Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue Producer TV short
1992 The Addams Family Executive producer TV series
1993 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Executive producer TV series
1993 The Halloween Tree Executive producer TV movie
1993–1995 2 Stupid Dogs Executive producer TV series
1994 Scooby-Doo! in Arabian Nights Executive producer TV movie
1994 A Flintstones Christmas Carol Executive producer TV movie
1995 Hillbilly Blue Executive producer Short
1995 What's Going on Back There!? Executive producer TV short
1995 Help? Executive producer Short
1995–1997 What a Cartoon! Executive producer TV series (shorts)
1995 George and Junior's Christmas Special Executive producer TV short
1995 Daisy-Head Mayzie Executive producer TV short
1995 Short Orders Executive producer TV movie
1995 Short Pfuse Executive producer TV movie
1995 Aaron's Magic Village Producer (U.S. version)
1995 Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects Executive producer TV movie
1995 Cow and Chicken Executive producer Episode "No Smoking"
1996 Dexter's Laboratory Executive producer TV series
1996 Big Bag Executive producer TV series
1997 Out and About Executive producer TV short
1997 Pfish and Chip Executive producer TV short
1997 Babe, He Calls Me Executive producer Short
1997 Malcom and Melvin Executive producer Short
1998 Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night Producer/director Video
2004 Johnny Bravo Executive producer TV series


  1. ^ Variety Staff (May 8, 2012). "Marshall 'Buzz' Potamkin dies at 66". (Reed Elsevier). Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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