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Louis M. Heyward

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Louis M. Heyward
Born
Louis Mortimere Horowitz

June 24, 1920
DiedMarch 26, 2002(2002-03-26) (aged 81)

Louis M. "Deke" Heyward[1] (born Louis Mortimere Horowitz, June 24, 1920 – March 26, 2002) was an American producer and film and television screenwriter.

Life and career

Born in New York City to Henry Horowitz and Rose Klein, immigrants from Hungary, Heyward 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.

In 1947 he was appointed head of television and radio at Mogul.[2]

Writer

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 was nominated for an Emmy in 1957.[3]

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.[4]

He worked on The Dick Clark Show (1960) as a writer and producer.[5]

American International Pictures

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.[6][7]

Head of AIP London

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. He left AIP in 1972.[8]

Later years with Four Star International and Hanna-Barbera

After his AIP days, Heyward served as Vice President of Development for Four Star International while it was led by David Charnay.[9] While Heyward was with Charnay, he gained the vital leadership experience and contacts to then become a Senior Vice President for Hanna-Barbera,[10] where he was in charge of live programming and movies of the week.[11][12]

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

Heyward died of pneumonia on March 26, 2002 in Los Angeles.[13]

He was survived by a wife, Sandra, children Patti and Andy, and three grandchildren, Robert, Michael, and Bianca.[14][15] Andy was known as the chairman and chief executive officer of animation studio, DiC Entertainment, until its June 20, 2008 acquisition by[16] and subsequent folding into[17] Cookie Jar Group.[18]

Select filmography

Productions Made While Executive in Charge of Production at Hanna-Barbera

Novels

  • Grandpa and the Girls (1960)[19]
  • My Son the Doctor (1963)[20]

References

  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/1/Andy-Heyward.html
  2. ^ Advertising News and Notes: Joins Lennen & Mitchell As Plans Board Member New York Times 10 Nov 1947: 36.
  3. ^ Television Picks Award Nominees: Colorcast Gives Public Industry Choices for Programs and Players Ames, Walter. Los Angeles Times 17 Feb 1957: 1A.
  4. ^ Obituary at Chicago Tribune 8 April 2002 accessed 27 February 2014
  5. ^ Teen-Agers' Dreamboat: Richard Wagstaff Clark New York Times 5 Mar 1960: 40.
  6. ^ Tide Running Out for Beach Films, In for Protest Movies Thomas, Bob. Los Angeles Times 12 Feb 1966: b7.
  7. ^ When in Rome, Don't Give Up: Schizophrenic Roman Holiday Champlin, Charles. Los Angeles Times 26 June 1966: b1.
  8. ^ HEYWARD, HESSLER TO FILM 'NURSES' Variety; Los Angeles Vol. 268, Iss. 11,
  9. ^ Obituary at Variety 7 October 2002 accessed 28 January 2017
  10. ^ Obituary at Variety 4 April 2002 accessed 26 February 2019
  11. ^ Obituary at Sun Sentinel 4 April 2002 accessed 27 February 2014
  12. ^ Agronsky to Host Political Series Margulies, Lee. Los Angeles Times 15 Apr 1977: g29.
  13. ^ "Louis Heyward, 81; Created 'Winky Dink'". Obituary. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "Andy Heyward Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  15. ^ "Heyward’s way", C21 Media 17 April 2012 accessed 27 February 2014
  16. ^ "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]
  17. ^ "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]
  18. ^ "Heyward’s way", C21 Media 17 April 2012 accessed 27 February 2014
  19. ^ Misadventures Highlight Two Tales With Eccentric Heroes Armour, Richard. Los Angeles Times 21 Feb 1960: H6.
  20. ^ Books Today: Fiction General New York Times 3 Oct 1963: 32.
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