On February 10, PPB President Alan Perris presented the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to prolific TV producer and director George Schlatter.
George was born in Birmingham, Alabama and reared in Webster Groves, Missouri. His mother was a violinist with the St. Louis Municipal Opera in which George sang for two seasons before moving west to attend Pepperdine University here in Los Angeles.
After Pepperdine, George became a Hollywood agent in the band and act department of MCA Regords. Following that, he became general manager of Ciro's nightclub on the Sunset Strip, where the comedy team of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin performed. In the early 1960s he began producing variety series and specials for television.
Between 1964 and 1970, George Schlatter oversaw the annual telecasts of the Grammy Awards, and in 1968 he formed George Schlatter Productions, which produced Rowan and Martin's Laugh In on NBC. He has produced and/or directed several television series, and in 1987 he started The American Comedy Awards, which has become an annual event.
George has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He and his wife Jolene have two adult daughters, Andrea and Maria. He is presently working with an author to write his memoir while continuing to produce shows for television.
Pictured Below Front row, left to right: Sarah Purcell, Honoree George Schlatter and Jo Anne Worley. Back row: PPB President Alan Perris, Bruce Vilanch and Fred Willard. Not pictured: Tony Danza. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)