Louis M. Heyward

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Louis M. Heyward
Born June 24, 1920
New York City
Died March 26, 2002(2002-03-26) (aged 81)
Los Angeles

Louis Mortimere Heyward[1] (June 24, 1920 – March 26, 2002) was an American producer and film and television screenwriter. He was also known as "Deke" Heyward.

Life and career[edit]

Born in New York City to Henry Horowitz and Rose Klein, immigrants from Hungary, he intended to become a lawyer but started writing radio scripts part-time. He served in the United States Air Force for six years, then resumed writing for radio while working at Associated Press. He changed his last name to Heyward in 1946.

After he changed his name, he became a full-time comedy writer, providing scripts for eight seasons (1950–1958) of The Garry Moore Show. He also wrote material for The Ernie Kovacs Show, eventually becoming head writer for that series and winning a Sylvania Award for comedy writing. He developed The Dick Clark Show.

Heyward wrote scripts for Winky Dink and You, a children's show hosted by Jack Barry that ran on CBS from 1953 – 1957, that was created by Harry Prichett and Edwin Brit Wyckoff. The show is considered one of the first interactive TV shows.[2]

American International Pictures[edit]

In the early 1960s, Heyward relocated to Los Angeles and worked various executive positions at 20th Century Fox, MCA, and Four Star. His production experience at Fox and MCA and his proven penchant for comedy was noticed by James H. Nicholson of American International Pictures who asked Heyward if he was interested in writing a comedy for the studio.

Heyward's first credit for AIP was Pajama Party (1964), one of many Beach Party films made by the company. Heyward would subsequently write several more similar teen-themed AIP comedies, as well as horror films and science fiction thrillers. His best known work includes Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. Heyward also began to be involved on the production side of things for AIP.

Head of AIP London[edit]

In 1966, Heyward was made AIP's Director of Overseas Productions, and set up a London-based office of operations in 1967. He produced several European and British films from 1967–1972, all co-financed by AIP with Heyward maintaining a degree of control over the various productions in order to ensure the movies were suitable for release in both the U.S. and European markets. In this capacity, he assisted in the production of some of AIP's most critically acclaimed and profitable films of that period, including Michael Reeves's Witchfinder General (1968), The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), and Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), all starring Vincent Price.

Later years with Four Star International and Hanna-Barbera[edit]

After his AIP days, Heyward served as Vice President of Development for Four Star International while it was led by David Charnay.[3] While Heyward was with Charnay, he gained the vital leadership experience and contacts to then become a Senior Vice President for Hanna-Barbera,[4] where he was in charge of live programming and movies of the week.[5]

After his time with Hanna Barbera, Heyward became Vice President in Charge of Development for Barry & Enright Productions, a game show and TV-movie production company run by Jack Barry and Dan Enright. He served as Executive Producer of the company's popular Tic Tac Dough.

Personal life[edit]

Heyward died of pneumonia on March 26, 2002 in Los Angeles.[6]

He was survived by a wife, Sandra, children Patti and Andy, and three grandchildren, Robert, Michael, and Bianca.[7][8] Andy was known as the chairman and chief executive officer of animation studio, DiC Entertainment, until its June 20, 2008 acquisition by[9] and subsequent folding into[10] Cookie Jar Group.[11]

Select filmography[edit]

As writer[edit]

Films made under Heyward at AIP[edit]

Other films made as production executive[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/1/Andy-Heyward.html
  2. ^ Obituary at Chicago Tribune 8 April 2002 accessed 27 February 2014
  3. ^ Obituary at Variety 7 October 2002 accessed 28 January 2017
  4. ^ Obituary at Variety 4 April 2002 accessed 28 January 2017
  5. ^ Obituary at Sun Sentinel 4 April 2002 accessed 27 February 2014
  6. ^ "Louis Heyward, 81; Created 'Winky Dink'". Obituary. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Andy Heyward Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Heyward’s way", C21 Media 17 April 2012 accessed 27 February 2014
  9. ^ "COOKIE JAR AND DIC ENTERTAINMENT TO MERGE, CREATING INDEPENDENT GLOBAL CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION POWERHOUSE". Cookie Jar Group. June 20, 2008. Retrieved February 15, 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ "COOKIE JAR ENTERTAINMENT EXPANDS BRAND PORTFOLIO, TALENT AND GLOBAL REACH WITH CLOSING OF DIC TRANSACTION". Cookie Jar Group. July 23, 2008. Retrieved February 15, 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Heyward’s way", C21 Media 17 April 2012 accessed 27 February 2014

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