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Harry Ackerman

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Lucille Ball (L) and Desi Arnaz (R) sign a two and a half year contract for $8,000,000 while Ackerman (C) looks on. February 18, 1953

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Harry Ackerman was a famed TV executive producer at Screen Gems, the television division of Columbia Pictures. From 1958 through 1974, under the command of Ackerman as Vice President of Production, Screen Gems delivered the classic sitcoms: Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, The Donna Reed Show, Hazel, Gidget, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun, The Monkees, and The Partridge Family.

Harry Ackerman won two Emmy Awards for his work, and was the first producer ever honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at their 1974 luncheon. The Harry Ackerman Collection of personal papers was donated to the Dartmouth College Library in 1994 as a gift from Ackerman's widow, actress Elinor Donahue. Harry Ackerman, a Class of 1935 graduate, was one of the most prolific producers in the history of television, having created or co-created and produced a total of twenty-one television series, seven of which were on the air simultaneously.

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Born: November 17, 1912 Albany, New York Died: February 3, 1991 (age 78) Burbank, California Occupation(s): Producer

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