Edward S. Feldman

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Edward S. Feldman (born September 5, 1929) is an American film and television producer.

Born and raised in The Bronx, where he attended DeWitt Clinton High School, Feldman graduated from Michigan State University, after which he was hired by 20th Century Fox to work as a writer in the studio's press book department in its Manhattan headquarters. He quickly rose within the ranks, becoming the contact for fan magazines, then trade papers, and finally the New York City press.[1] His employment at Fox was interrupted by a two-year stint with the United States Air Force, during which he was stationed at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. His commanding officer expected him to use his skills as a publicist to get him promoted from colonel to general, a task Feldman completed successfully before he returned to civilian life.[2]

In 1959, Feldman left Fox to promote The World of Suzie Wong and its producer, Ray Stark, for Paramount Pictures. His assignment began with location shooting in Hong Kong and ended with the release of the film. He clashed with Stark throughout the production, which prompted him to resign from Paramount and join Embassy Pictures as the head of advertising and publicity.[3] Two years later, Stark invited him to join him at Seven Arts Productions, where his first project was the controversial screen adaptation of Lolita. Due to Feldman's intervention, the Catholic Legion of Decency agreed not to rate the film "condemned" if the studio would enforce a rule banning anyone under the age of eighteen from theaters showing it.[4] Once Seven Arts acquired Warner Bros., Feldman relocated to Hollywood, where he remained with Warner Bros.-Seven Arts for two years, during which time he became active in film production.[5]

Because of his association with Stark, son-in-law of comedienne Fanny Brice, Feldman handled advertising and publicity for the Broadway production of Funny Girl throughout its run.[6]

Feldman's first credit as a film producer was the 1971 melodrama What's the Matter with Helen? starring Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters. Additional credits include Save the Tiger, The Other Side of the Mountain, Two-Minute Warning, The Last Married Couple in America, Witness, The Golden Child, Wired, Green Card, The Doctor, Forever Young, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, the live-action 101 Dalmatians and its sequel, 102 Dalmatians, The Truman Show, and K-19: The Widowmaker.

For television, Feldman produced several films and miniseries, including Moon of the Wolf, Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story, and 21 Hours at Munich and King, both of which earned him Emmy Award nominations. He also was one of the producers of the short-lived series Flamingo Road.

Feldman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for Witness and the BAFTA Award for Best Film for Witness and The Truman Show. In 2001, the Hollywood Film Festival honored him for Outstanding Achievement in Producing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Feldman, Edward S., Tell Me How You Love the Picture. New York: St. Martin's Press 2005. ISBN 0-312-34801-0, pp. 22-23
  2. ^ Feldman, pp. 39-42
  3. ^ Feldman pp. 43-50
  4. ^ Feldman, pp. 52-53
  5. ^ Feldman, p. 87
  6. ^ Feldman, pp. 58-65

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