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John Edwin Whitesell

John Edwin Whitesell was American motion picture company executive. Recipient Alumni Fellow award Pennsylvania State University, 2001, Outstanding Alumnus award Pennsylvania State University DuBois Campus, 1995, Founders award National Entertainment Conference, 1975.


  • Whitesell, John Edwin was born on February 23, 1938 in DuBois, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Guy Roosevelt and Grace Ethlyn (Brisbin) Whitesell.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Pennsylvania State University, 1962.


    • Assistant manager non-theatrical division Columbia Pictures Corporation, New York City, 1963-1966. With Warner Brothers, Inc., 1966—2003, national sales manager non-theatrical division Burbank, California, 1968-1975, vice president, 1975-1976. Vice president international sales administration Warner Brothers International television Distribution, 1976-2001, consultant, 2001—2003, retired, 2003.

      Board directors Mastermedia International Inc. Past board directors Foundation for Entertainment Programming in Higher Education. Member self-study committee National Entertainment Conference, 1974-1975.


    Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1956-1958. Member National Audio-Visual Association (motion picture council 1973-1976, executive committee film council 1969-1976, educational materials producers council 1970-1976), Academy television Arts and Sciences 1976-1980, National Association Media Educators (advisory committee 1973-1976).


    • Married Amy H. Jacobs, June 12, 1960. 1 child, Scott Howard. Married Martha Kathlyn Hall, September 3, 1975.

      Married Phyllis Doyle, May 8, 1993.
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    Born February 23, 1938
    • 1962
      Pennsylvania State University
    • 1963 - 1966
      Assistant, manager non-theatrical division Columbia Pictures Corporation
    • 1966 - 2003
      with Warner Brothers