August 27, 1935|
New York, NY
|Died||November 27, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
Yablans was born in New York City to Annette and Morris Yablans. His father was a Brooklyn cab driver. His older brother was fellow film producer Irwin Yablans, Yablans' first employers in the film business included Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Company and Filmways.
He became Executive Vice President of Sales for Paramount Pictures in the late 1960s; in that position, his expert marketing of the film Love Story led to his appointment as Paramount Studios' President in 1971, a position he held until 1975. Following his presidency at Paramount, he became an independent producer, working primarily through Paramount and 20th Century Fox. He was executive producer of such films as Congo (1995), Silver Streak (1976), and The Other Side of Midnight (1977) and wrote and produced Mommie Dearest (1981). Yablans was then recruited by Kirk Kerkorian to head his troubled and debt-laden film company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). While Yablans' reorganization of MGM and United Artists (UA) into a single entity as MGM/UA served to reduce costs and overhead, the company continued to lose value, and Yablans' tenure was equated to the demise of the studio in Fade Out: The Calamitous Final Days of MGM, a book by Peter Bart, presently the editor of Variety, who was hired by Yablans as MGM's senior vice president for production in 1983.
In 2003, Yablans founded Promenade Pictures, a production company committed to the production of "family-friendly" entertainment, with their most ambitious project the "Epic Stories of the Bible" series of CGI-animated features, inaugurated with The Ten Commandments and Noah's Ark: The New Beginning.
Yablans was married to Ruth Edelstein, with whom he had two sons, Robert and Edward "Eddy", and one daughter, Sharon. The marriage ended in divorce.
Yablans married Traci Hotchner, daughter of writer A.E. Hotchner, in August 1991.
- "Show Business: The Promoter: Frank Yablans". Time. 18 March 1974. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
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- Barnes, Mike. "Former Paramount President Frank Yablans Dies at 79". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- Saperstein, Pat (27 November 2014). "Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dies at 79". Variety. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
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