|Born||Edgar J. Scherick
October 16, 1924
New York City, New York
|Died||December 2, 2002
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||Film producer, television producer|
Edgar J. Scherick (October 16, 1924 – December 2, 2002) was an American television executive and producer of television miniseries, made-for-television films, and theatrical motion pictures.
Life and career
Widely credited as a pioneer in network sports broadcasting, Scherick created the television program ABC's Wide World of Sports at his company Sports Programs, Inc. which he started in 1956 with $600.00. In February 1960, Scherick sold Sports Programs to the American Broadcasting Company for $500,000 in ABC stock, where it became ABC Sports, the sports division of the network. With the acquisition, Scherick was appointed Vice President in charge of Network Sales. In June 1963, Scherick became Vice President of Programming for the ABC Television Network where he created many popular shows including Bewitched, Batman, That Girl, The Hollywood Palace, and Peyton Place.
After his television career, Edgar Scherick became a film and television producer and executive producer of 75 theatrical films, television movies, and mini-series through his company Palomar Pictures International (later Edgar J. Scherick Associates) and other entities.
Scherick hired, and was a mentor to, many famous television and theatrical producers and industry executives including Roone Arledge, Brian Grazer, Scott Rudin, Michael Barnathan, Robert Lawrence and David Nicksay.
Awards and nominations
Scherick's television body of work includes 6 Emmy nominations and one winning Emmy:
- 2002: Outstanding Made For Television Movie – Path To War
- 1990: Outstanding Miniseries – The Kennedys of Massachusetts
- 1986: Outstanding Miniseries – On Wings of Eagles
- 1984: Outstanding Children's Program – He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (Winner)
- 1983: Outstanding Drama Special – Little Gloria...Happy at Last
- 1977: Outstanding Special – Drama or Comedy – Raid on Entebbe The Big Event
Also served as chair of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame beginning in 1988.
Some titles produced by Scherick include:
- For Love of Ivy (1968) – with Sidney Poitier
- The Birthday Party (1968) - with Robert Shaw
- Take the Money and Run (1969) – with Woody Allen
- Jenny (1970) - with Marlo Thomas and Alan Alda
- What Became of Jack and Jill? (1971)
- Sleuth (1972) – with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine
- The Heartbreak Kid (1972) – with Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd
- Law and Disorder (1974)
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) – with Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw
- The Stepford Wives (1975) – with Katharine Ross and Paula Prentiss
- Raid on Entebbe (1977) – Charles Bronson
- Shoot the Moon (1982) – with Albert Finney and Diane Keaton
- Reckless (1984) - with Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah
- Mrs. Soffel (1984) - with Mel Gibson and Diane Keaton
- Evergreen (1985)
- On Wings of Eagles (1986) – Burt Lancaster
- The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990)
- The Phantom of the Opera (1990)
- Rambling Rose (1991) – with Laura Dern and Robert Duvall
- Tyson (1995) – George C. Scott
- The Good Old Boys (1995) - Tommy Lee Jones
- The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996)
- Path to War (2002)
- Carter, Bill (December 7, 2002). "Edgar Scherick, 78, Producer For Television and Movies". The New York Times.
- Edgar J. Scherick Biography (1924–2002)
- "Our Respects to Edgar Jay Scherick. Network TV Salesman Turns Program Chief.". Broadcasting. July 8, 1963.
- "Edgar Scherick dies; celebrated producer, mentor". The Internet Movie Database. December 4, 2002.
- Speier, Michael (September 21, 2001). "Career Counselor: Edgar Scherick.". Daily Variety.
Thomas W. Moore
|Vice President, Programs ABC