Norm Prescott

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Norm Prescott
Born Norman Prescott
(1927-01-31)January 31, 1927
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died July 2, 2005(2005-07-02) (aged 78)
Encino, California, United States

Norman "Norm" Prescott (January 31, 1927 – July 2, 2005) was co-founder and executive producer at Filmation Associates, an animation studio he created with veteran animator Lou Scheimer. Born in Boston, he began his career as a disk jockey, becoming program director at station WORL in the late 1940s, before relocating to WBZ radio in the 1950s. He went to work for Joseph E. Levine's Embassy Pictures Corp. in 1959, serving as vice president of music, merchandising and post-production. He, Lou Scheimer and Hal Sutherland formed Filmation in 1963.[1]

In many of Filmation's shows in the 1970s, Prescott was co-credited as music composer under the pseudonym "Jeff Michael" (Jeff and Michael were the names of Prescott's sons), along with Ray Ellis under the pseudonym "Yvette Blais" (his wife's name) and Dean Andre (Wallschlaeger).


Main article: Filmation

Other Professional Work[edit]

Prescott also produced and directed the 1973 animated film Treasure Island and produced and wrote 1974's Journey Back to Oz which featured Liza Minnelli as the voice of Dorothy. (Ms. Minnelli is the daughter of Judy Garland, who portrayed that same character in MGM's 1939 live action film.)

Filmation produced the popular Star Trek animated series in 1973. Prescott also was producer for the cartoon series The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, The Space Sentinels, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle, The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show, Blackstar, and Sport Billy.


Prescott died of natural causes in Los Angeles on July 2, 2005, at the age of 78.[2] Professionally, he was survived by Scheimer and his colleagues at Filmation.


  1. ^ "Norman Prescott". Variety. July 6, 2005. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Norm Prescott, 78; Producer Co-Founded Filmation Studios". The Los Angeles Times. July 7, 2005. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 

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