Jean MacCurdy

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Jean MacCurdy
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Jean H. MacCurdy is an American television executive, best known for her role as president of Warner Bros. Animation from 1989 to 2001.

MacCurdy was hired by Warner Bros. Animation in 1979, and eventually became a vice president and a general manager. In 1983, she left to become an executive for Hanna-Barbera, supervising the production of shows such as Smurfs and The Flintstone Kids.

In 1989, MacCurdy was hired by Warner Bros. Animation to help the studio make a push into original content production for television.[1] She hired several members of the creative team at Hanna-Barbera, including Tom Ruegger, Paul Dini, and later Alan Burnett, to form the creative team of her first Warner production, the Steven Spielberg-executive produced Tiny Toon Adventures, which ran in syndication.

Under MacCurdy's leadership, Warner Bros. Animation experienced a second renaissance, producing very popular children's programming and winning several Emmys.[2] The company's output was expanded to included other successful programming for the Fox TV during the early 1990s such as Taz-Mania, Batman: The Animated Series, The Plucky Duck Show, and Animaniacs.

In 1995, Warner Bros. launched The WB television network, and made the Warner Bros. Animation shows exclusive to it.[1] New shows produced for The WB's Kids' WB block included Superman: The Animated Series, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid, The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, Road Rovers, Waynehead, Histeria, Batman Beyond, Detention and Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain.[1] During MacCurdy's tenure, Warner Bros. Animation was also the parent company of Hanna-Barbera following the Time Warner/Turner merger, until it was absorbed into Warner Animation in 2001. MacCurdy resigned as head of Warner Bros. Animation in 2001.

In 1997, MacCurdy was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her work to enhance and improve the perception of women through the medium of television.[3]

Personal life[edit]

MacCurdy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but still frequently visits Los Angeles. She participated in the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con panel on the creation of Tiny Toon Adventures, Freakazoid, and Animaniacs, in San Diego, California.

Filmography[edit]

Years Title Notes
1983 The Dukes Executive In Charge of Production
1983-1984 Pac-Man Executive In Charge of Production
The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show Executive In Charge of Production
The Biskitts Executive In Charge of Production
1983-1985 The Smurfs Executive In Charge of Production
1984-1985 Challenge of the GoBots Executive In Charge of Production
1985-1986 Paw Paws Executive In Charge of Production
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians Executive In Charge of Production
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo Executive In Charge of Production
1990-1995 Tiny Toon Adventures Executive In Charge of Production
1991-1995 Taz-Mania Executive Producer
1992-1995 Batman: The Animated Series Executive Producer
1992 The Plucky Duck Show Executive In Charge of Production
1993-1998 Animaniacs Executive In Charge of Production
1995-1999 The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries Executive Producer
1995-1997 Freakazoid! Executive In Charge of Production
1995-1998 Pinky and the Brain Executive In Charge of Production
1996-2000 Superman: The Animated Series Executive Producer
1996-1997 Road Rovers Executive In Charge of Production
1996-1997 Waynehead Executive In Charge of Production
1997-1998 The New Batman Adventures Executive Producer
1998-2000 Histeria! Executive In Charge of Production
1998-1999 Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain Executive In Charge of Production
1999-2001 Batman Beyond Executive Producer
1999-2000 Detention Executive Producer
2000-2002 Static Shock Executive Producer
2001-2004 Justice League Executive Producer

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://archive.is/20130703111811/http://www.toonzone.net/news/2001/mar/19/maccurdy.php
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0531575/awards
  3. ^ http://wif.org/past-recipients