Fanderson

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Fanderson
Formation 20 August 1981 (1981-08-20)
Type Not-for-profit
Purpose Official appreciation society for the works of Gerry Anderson
Location
Products Members-only merchandise
Membership 2,000 approx. (1996)[1]
Chairman Nick Williams
Key people Gerry Anderson (honorary president)
Subsidiaries Fanderson Records
Affiliations Anderson Entertainment (until 2014)
Slogan Since 1981. Run by fans, for fans.[2]
Website www.fanderson.org.uk

Fanderson is the official appreciation society for the works of British television producer Gerry Anderson. It is a not-for-profit organisation endorsed by The Indestructible Production Company, ITV Global Entertainment and ITC Entertainment Group. Based in the United Kingdom, but with an international membership, the club is run by a small committee of unpaid volunteers.[3]

The club was formed on 20 August 1981 at a meeting convened by ITC. Previously, ITC had supported the various clubs and societies that followed Anderson's works, as well as their other properties; in 1981, it requested that the separate groups merge, and in exchange promised to give its full support (except financial assistance) to the new organisation.[3]

Activities[edit]

As ownership of the ITC part of Anderson's productions has changed hands, so Fanderson has maintained reciprocal relationships with PolyGram, Carlton, Granada Ventures and, most recently, ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The club also maintains relationships with production companies of Anderson works not distributed by ITC, such as the Southern Star Group (Terrahawks), Carrington Productions International (Lavender Castle) and Universal Studios (Doppelgänger).[3]

The club produces a regular magazine (titled FAB) for its members, along with other exclusive merchandise (such as books, DVDs and soundtrack and mini-album CDs). Many of these members-only items are manufactured in limited quantities with the agreement with the license holders. CDs are distributed by "Fanderson Records".[4] Fanderson also organises conventions at which fans are able to meet cast and crew of various Anderson productions, watch episodes, buy merchandise and raise money for charity.[1][3][5][6]

At the request of its honorary president, Gerry Anderson, the club does not involve Sylvia Anderson in its activities (given the breakdown of the Andersons' marriage in the 1970s and their subsequent divorce in 1981).[3]

In March 2014, the club terminated its association with Anderson Entertainment (run by Gerry Anderson's son Jamie following his father's death in 2012), claiming that the production company was pursuing a "commercial agenda that is at odds with Fanderson". Chairman Nick Williams stated that the club's committee hoped to "maintain an amicable relationship with Anderson Entertainment ... but, of course, in light of our decision we realise this is highly unlikely."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nelson, Sue (30 August 1996). "50 Years and Counting". The Independent (London: Independent Print). Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Williams, Nick (24 March 2014). "Chairman's Letter: Fanderson's Relationship with Anderson Entertainment". fanderson.org.uk. Bradford. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e FAQs at fanderson.org.uk
  4. ^ Clark, Anthony (2009). "Soundtrack Review: Stingray (Original Television Soundtrack)". sci-fi-online.com. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  5. ^ White, Jim (26 September 2005). "Wilson talked of technology – and along came Thunderbirds". The Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Clark, Stuart (August 1991). Payne, Stephen, ed. "Fantasia" (PDF). Starburst (London: Visual Imagination) 13 (12): 11. ISSN 0955-114X. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 

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