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|Notable work(s)||Biker Mice from Mars|
Richard "Rick" Ungar is a senior political contributor to Forbes.com, where he writes on American health care policy and politics, and the host of Steele & Ungar on SiriusXM POTUS Channel. He additionally appears as a political analyst and the liberal voice of the "Forbes on Fox" and other Fox News and Business television programs. Ungar moved into the world of journalism after a long career as a creative writer and executive producer in television, particularly in the world animation industry. His first creation, Biker Mice From Mars, which began its first run in the United States and the United Kingdom in 1993
Ungar became president of Marvel Productions in 1991 with added responsibility in December 1992 for New World Family Filmworks and New World Action Animation. In fall 1993, his creation, Biker Mice From Mars, was launched in syndication from . After a short stint as Marvel Entertainment CEO, Ungar returned to oversee newly renamed New World Animation in November 1993. In August 1995, Ungar became president, first-run and animated programing of New World Entertainment.
Ungar in September 1998 is hired as chairman and CEO of Bohbot Kids Network. In November 1999, Ungar was hired by Marvel Enterprise as president of the Marvel Character Group, its IP and marketing group.
Since 2003, Ungar has returned to creating and executive producing. He produced the all new Biker Mice From Mars, which launched in the UK in 2006 and quickly became the most popular Saturday morning television show in the country. However, its high ratings were not long lasting, as it didn't live up to the original series from the 90s and fans reaction was mostly negative.
In 2009, Ungar became more interested in his years long study of health care policy in the United States and left the animation world to begin writing on the subject of the online site, Culture11. From there he moved on to True/Slant before ending up at Forbes.com and The Washington Monthly, writing on health care policy and politics from a more liberal perspective than what is typically found at Forbes. He currently can be read on Forbes.com, Washingtonmonthly.com, seen weekly as the liberal voice on "Forbes on Fox" show, a 'talking head' on various television programs and is a frequent guest on American radio programs.
In May 2010, Ungar was hired as head writer and executive producer for 41 Entertainment, Allen Bohbot’s new animation company.
Ungar also created, wrote and produced Legend of the Dragon which airs on broadcasters throughout the world, including Toon Disney in the United States. Ungar also co-created an all new version of the popular Zorro character, writing and producing "Zorro: Generation Z," along with his self-created series, "Dork Hunters From Outer Space," which was purchased for a two year run by UK television broadcaster, GMTV. Zorro: Generation Z was released internationally, but never received clearance to air in the U.S. market. It is particularly notable as one of the last programs released from BKN, which filed for insolvency in 2009.
- Pure Insanity! (1989 - 1990) Executive in Charge of Production
- Gahan Wilson's Diner (1992) Executive Producer
- Johnson & Johnson Presents: America's Cutest Kids (1991 - 1992) Co-Executive Producer
- The Magic Paintbrush (1992 - 1993) Executive Producer
- Biker Mice From Mars (1993 - 1996) creator and executive producer
- Fantastic Four (1994 - 1996) Executive Producer
- Iron Man (1994 - 1996) Executive Producer
- X-Men (1992 - 1998) Co-Executive Producer
- The Incredible Hulk (1996 - 1999) Executive Producer
- X-Men: Evolution (2000) Executive Producer, From Story
- Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths & Legends (1999 - 2001) Executive Producer
- Haywire 1990 - 1998, 2001 - 2003 Executive in Charge of Production
- Mutant X 1992 - 1998, 2001 - 2003 Executive Producer
- Spider-Man 2002 - 2003 Executive Producer (Marvel Studios)
- Cranberry Christmas 2008 - 2009 Executive Producer
- Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Disney XD, fall 2013) executive producer
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