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Producer , Television executive

Harry S. Ackerman, American television executive, producer. Board directors television Academy Foundation; trustee, member executive committee Motion Picture and television Fund; Member of American Arbitration Association, Academy television Arts and Sciences (past president Los Angeles, past national president), Manuscripts Society (charter member, director), Dartmouth Society.

Background

Ackerman, Harry S. was born on November 17, 1912 in Albany, New York, United States. Son of Harold and Anna (Flannery) Ackerman.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth, 1935.

Career

Free-lance writer and actor, 1935-1936; radio director, Young & Rubicam, New York City, 1936-1942; radio production head, Young & Rubicam, New York City, 1942-1945; vice president charge radio programs, Young & Rubicam, New York City, 1945; executive producer, Columbia Broadcasting System, New York City, 1948; director network programs, Columbia Broadcasting System, Hollywood, California, 1948; vice-president, director television and radio, Columbia Broadcasting System, Hollywood, 1949-1951; vice president charge television, Columbia Broadcasting System, Hollywood, 1951-1955; executive director special productions Columbia Broadcasting System-television, 1956-1957; president, Ticonderoga Prodns., independent producer television, 1957-1958; vice president, executive producer, Screen Gems Pictures Corporation division Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., 1958-1973; head, Harry Ackerman Prodns. vice president, Capitol Pictures, Inc., Hollywood special radio consultant, United States Treasury, 1944-1946.

Achievements

  • Ackerman won two Emmy Awards for his work, and was the first producer ever honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at their 1974 luncheon. For his work on television, Ackerman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6661 Hollywood Blvd.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Co-creator television shows The Flying Nun, Bewitched.

Membership

Board directors television Academy Foundation. Trustee, member executive committee Motion Picture and television Fund. Member of American Arbitration Association, Academy television Arts and Sciences (past president Los Angeles, past national president), Manuscripts Society (charter member, director), Dartmouth Society.

Connections

Married Elinor Donahue, April 21, 1961. Children— Brian, Peter, James, Christopher. Children by previous marriage— Susan, Stephen.

father:
Harold Ackerman

mother:
Anna (Flannery) Ackerman

spouse:
Elinor Donohue

child:
Christopher;children from previous marriage: Susan Ackerman

child:
Stephen Ackerman

child:
James Ackerman

child:
Brian Ackerman

child:
Peter Ackerman