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John Edwin Whitesell

Motion picture company executive

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.


Bachelor of Arts, Pennsylvania State University, 1962.


Assistant manager non-theatrical division, Columbia Pictures Corporation, New York City, 1963-1966;with, Warner Brothers, Inc., since 1966;national sales manager non-theatrical division, Warner Brothers, Inc., Burbank, California, 1968-1975;vice president, Warner Brothers, Inc., 1975-1976;vice president international sales administration, Warner Brothers International television Distribution, since 1976. Board directors Mastermedia International Inc. Past board directors Foundation 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.

Guy Roosevelt Whitesell

Grace Ethlyn (Brisbin) Whitesell

Amy H. Jacobs

Martha Kathlyn Hall

Phyllis Doyle

Scott Howard Whitesell