John Coates (producer)

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John Coates (7 November 1927[1][2] – 16 September 2012) was a British film producer, best known for producing the animated film The Snowman based on the picture book by Raymond Briggs, one of the first animated productions screened on Channel Four and still repeated every year on the channel.

He co-founded the animation studio TVC (Television Cartoons) London with George Dunning in 1957 and worked on The Beatles's animated feature Yellow Submarine and produced numerous other animated films including When the Wind Blows, Granpa, Father Christmas, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends and The Bear.[3][4]

John was the nephew of J Arther Rank, and worked within the Rank organization after leaving school at Stowe. He had 3 siblings, most notably, Anne V Coates, Academy Award winning editor of Laurence of Arabia.

Coates died of cancer at the age of 84 in his home in Kent, England on 16 September 2012.[3] The Snowman and the Snowdog is dedicated to his memory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bafta Obituary
  2. ^ Beardmore, Marie (2011). John Coates: The Man Who Built "The Snowman". UK: John Libbey Publishing. ISBN 9780 86196 682 0. 
  3. ^ a b "Snowman producer John Coates dies". BBC News. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  4. ^ Lachno, James (19 September 2012). "Snowman sequel may be dedicated to late producer John Coates". The Telegraph (England). Retrieved 2012-09-19. 

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