Norm Prescott

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Norm Prescott
Born Norman Zachary Pransky
(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 the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston,[1] his real name was Norman Pransky.[2] His father Edward was a tailor and a shirt-maker.[3] A graduate of Boston Latin School and Boston University,[4] he began his career as a disk jockey. His first radio job, circa 1947, was at WHEB in Portsmouth NH.[5] In 1948 he joined WHDH, and in October 1950, he became program director at station WORL.[6] He briefly worked in New York at WNEW, before relocating to WBZ radio in late 1955; in 1956, he became one of the "Live Five" after WBZ dropped its syndicated NBC programming and went on the air with live disc jockeys.[7] In the summer of 1959, he left radio and went to work for Joseph E. Levine's Embassy Pictures Corporation, serving as vice president of music, merchandising and post-production.[8] He, Lou Scheimer and Hal Sutherland formed Filmation in 1963.[9]

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).

Productions[edit]

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.

Death[edit]

Prescott died of natural causes in Los Angeles on July 2, 2005, at the age of 78.[10] Professionally, he was survived by Scheimer and his colleagues at Filmation. He was also survived by his wife Elaine, to whom he had been married for fifty-three years.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Was Idol of Teenagers." Boston Globe, February 9, 1960, p. 7
  2. ^ William Buchanan, "Radio Memories." Boston Globe, June 26, 1975, pp. A4-5
  3. ^ Tom Long. "Norm Prescott, Boston DJ, Cartoon Show Producer." Boston Globe, July 8, 2005, p. C12.
  4. ^ Betty Shaw. "Norman Who? Prescott!" Boston Herald-American, November 28, 1976, p. R10
  5. ^ "Was Idol of Teenagers." Boston Globe, February 9, 1960, p. 7
  6. ^ "WORL Back on Air Beginning Tomorrow." Boston Globe, October 7, 1950, p.3
  7. ^ Display Ad, Announcing New Format. Boston Globe, July 15, 1956, p. A22
  8. ^ "Fates and Fortunes." Broadcasting, July 27, 1959, p. 86.
  9. ^ "Norman Prescott". Variety. July 6, 2005. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Norm Prescott, 78; Producer Co-Founded Filmation Studios". The Los Angeles Times. July 7, 2005. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ Tom Long. "Norm Prescott, Boston DJ, Cartoon Show Producer." Boston Globe, July 8, 2005, p. C12.

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