Ira Skutch Jr.|
September 12, 1921
New York City, New York, U.S.
March 16, 2010 (aged 88)|
Silver Lake, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
Ira Skutch (September 12, 1921 – March 16, 2010) was an American television director, producer, and, in his later years, an author. In the early days of television he produced and directed episodes of Kraft Television Theatre and The Philco Television Playhouse. Skutch also worked as an executive for Goodson-Todman Productions and produced or directed the game shows Play Your Hunch, I've Got a Secret, Match Game, Concentration and many others.
Early life and education
Ira Skutch Jr. was born on September 12, 1921 in New York City, New York. Skutch was the oldest of three children born to parents Ira (1888–1945) and Ethel Skutch. He attended Dartmouth College where he graduated in 1941. Skutch had a younger brother, Robert Skutch, who also graduated from Dartmouth in 1946, and a younger sister Nancy.
Start in television
Skutch started as a page in New York for the National Broadcasting Company. After a few years at NBC, Skutch became the stage manager on some of NBC's and network television's first regularly scheduled programs beginning with Hour Glass in 1946. Hour Glass was the first regularly scheduled variety series shown on network television.
After the end of Hour Glass in 1947, Skutch went on to become the stage manager of The Philco Television Playhouse. Skutch also worked as stage manager for the NBC shows NBC Television Theater, You Are an Artist and Kraft Television Theatre. Skutch also directed, produced and wrote several episodes of The Philco Television Playhouse.
In 1957, producer Mark Goodson hired Skutch to be on staff for Goodson-Todman Productions. One of Skutch's earliest work for Mark Goodson and Bill Todman was as a producer on the game show I've Got a Secret. Skutch also was one of several directors on the original NBC version of Match Game from 1962-1969 and became most notably the producer and judge of the more memorable CBS version of Match Game from 1973-1979, (including Match Game PM, 1975-1981) and resumed these same positions its daytime syndicated reincarnation from 1979-1982.
Skutch left Goodson-Todman in 1983, shortly after Mark Goodson formed his own production company, Mark Goodson Productions, after the death of his partner Bill Todman.
Personal life and death
In his later years, Skutch was the author and co-author of several books published between 1990 and 2008 including I Remember Television, The Days of Live and The DuMont Television Network: What Happened? (co-written with Ted Bergmann).
Skutch died on March 16, 2010 after a several year battle with lymphoma at the age of 88. Skutch died at the home of his daughter Lindsay in the neighborhood of Silver Lake, California. Along with his daughter Lindsay, Skutch also was survived by a son Rick, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and his brother Robert.
|1950||Beat the Clock||Game show|
|1951||The Philco Television Playhouse||1 episode|
|1957||I've Got a Secret||Game show|
|Two for the Money||1 episode|
|1962-1964||What's My Line?||2 episodes|
|1963-1969||Match Game||974 episodes|
|1969-1970||He Said, She Said||All 265 episodes|
|1970||Beat the Clock||1 episode|
|1982||Child's Play||All 258 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|1976||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show||Match Game||Nominated|
|1977||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show||Tattletales||Nominated|
|Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show||Match Game||Nominated|
- Ira Skutch and Delbert Mann (1990). I Remember Television. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-2271-9.
- Joseph C. Youngerman, David Shepard and Ira Skutch (1996). My Seventy Years at Paramount Studios and the Directors Guild of America (First Edition). Hardcover. ISBN 978-1-8827-6602-4.
- Ira Skutch (1998). Five Directors: The Golden Years of Radio : Based on Interviews with Himan Brown, Axel Gruenberg, Fletcher Markle, Arch Oboler, Robert Lewis Shayon. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-3483-5.
- Ira Skutch (editor) and Delbert Mann (1998). Looking Back . . . At Live Television & Other Matters. Directors Guild of America. ISBN 978-1-8827-6606-2.
- Ira Skutch (1998). The Days of Live. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-3492-7.
- Ira Skutch (1999). Making It. Malvern Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-9479-9384-9.
- Ira Skutch and Joe Harnell (2001). Counterpoint: The Journey of a Music Man. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 978-0-7388-4989-8.[self-published source]
- Ted Bergmann and Ira Skutch (2002). The DuMont Television Network: What Happened?. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-4270-X.
- Richard Edward Wormser, Ira Skutch (Editor) (2006). How to Become a Complete Nonentity: A Memoir. iUniverse. ISBN 978-0-5953-8467-9.[self-published source]
- Ward, Kate (March 29, 2010). "Gameshow pioneer Ira Skutch dies". www.ew.com. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
- "Ira Skutch '41". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- "Ira Skutch Jr in the 1940 US Census". www.archives.com. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- "PRODUCER-DIRECTOR IRA SKUTCH ("MATCH GAME," "PHILCO TELEVISION PLAYHOUSE") HAS DIED-- ARCHIVE INTERVIEW ONLINE". Archive of American Television. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- "First Show Is Fuzzy, Funny". Life. Time Inc. May 27, 1946. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- Obituary in Variety
- "PASSINGS: Colleen Kay Hutchins, Ira Skutch; Colleen Kay Hutchins, Miss America of 1952, dies at 83; Ira Skutch, TV producer and director, dies at 88". Los Angeles Times. March 25, 2010. Retrieved May 30, 2015.