Burton Roy Sugarman
January 4, 1939
|Occupation||Film and television producer, businessman- founder of Burt Sugarman Productions, part company owner of Barris Industries|
(m. 1957; div. 1961)
(m. 1975; div. 1980)
Burton Roy Sugarman (born January 4, 1939) is an American film and television producer best known for creating and producing the iconic 1970s/early '80s variety series The Midnight Special, which served as a showcase for popular musical groups of the time.
Sugarman also produced the 1970s game shows Celebrity Sweepstakes, Whew! and The Wizard of Odds, and the short-lived series The Richard Pryor Show. During 1979, Sugarman also owned shares in Old Tucson Corporation, which owned the Old Tucson and Old Vegas amusement parks in Arizona and Nevada.
In the 1980s, he produced the motion pictures Kiss Me Goodbye, Extremities and Children of a Lesser God. He was the executive producer of the film Crimes of the Heart in 1986 and television series The Newlywed Game 1988. He was also part owner of Barris Industries (later known as the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company) before it was sold to Sony in 1989. During the late 1980s, Burt Sugarman was a member of The Giant Group, which they had bought investments in media firms, like broadcasting firm Reeves Entertainment Group, and television broadcaster/cable system operator/newspaper owner Media General in 1987.
Sugarman married television personality and talk show host Mary Hart in 1989; they have one son. He had previously been married to Pauline Schur and to the late actress Carol Wayne, and was engaged to actress Ann-Margret in 1962.
Producer (as EP)
|1969||Dionne Warwick -Souled Out (TV Special)|
|1970||The Switched On Symphony (TV Special)|
|1970||Changing Scene (TV Special)|
|1970||Changing Scene II (TV Special)|
|1971||Changing Scene III (TV Special)|
|1971||Changing Scene IV (TV Special)|
|1971||Stand Up and Cheer (TV series) (EP-2 Episodes)|
|1972||The Jud Strunk Show (TV special)|
|1973||The Wizard of Odds (TV series)|
|1973||The Midnight Special (producer)|
|1974||Celebrity Sweepstakes (TV series; co-produced with Ralph Andrews Productions)|
|1977||The Richard Pryor Special? (TV Special)|
|1977||The Richard Pryor Show (TV series)|
|1977||Billboard No.1 Music Awards (TV series)|
|1979–1980||Whew! (TV series; co-produced with Jay Wolpert Productions; previously a Bud Austin production)|
|1982||Kiss Me Goodbye|
|1986||Children of a Lesser God|
|1986||Crimes of the Heart (EP)|
|1988||The Newlywed Game (TV series)|
|1990||Mary Hart Presents Love in the Public Eye (TV Special)|
|1974||Rock Concert (TV series)|
|1983||The Last Fight|
|1988||The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards (TV Special)|
|2008–2010||Entertainment Tonight (TV series)|
- Los Angeles Times
- "Old Vegas Park Sale Planned". Henderson Home News. February 8, 1979. p. 23. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
- Stafford, Mary (March 20, 1979). "Old Vegas to reopen in April as Westworld". Henderson Home News. pp. 1–2. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
- "Sugarman Sells Interest In Westworld". Henderson Home News. September 25, 1979. pp. 1–2. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
- "Barris said it may raise its stake in Reeves". Los Angeles Times. 16 July 1987. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
- "Burt Sugarman Acquires 5.3% Stake In Reeves". Variety. 1987-07-22. p. 51.
- "Sugarman Makes Unsolicited Bid To Acquire Media General Firm". Variety. 1987-10-28. p. 45.
- Los Angeles Times