Gerald W. Abrams
American producer
Gerald W. Abrams
Gerald W. Abrams is an American television producer and the father of J. J. Abrams.
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And For His Next Trick, Adrien Brody Will Become Houdini
Boom Tron - over 3 years
You know who would look good dressed up like a magician? Adrien Brody. The man has a certain quality to him that lends itself to the stage. And damn, does he look good in a tuxedo! Put a top hat on this guy, maybe a cape for good measure, and you could sell countless seats to a show. Of course, he’s not a real magician – for the record, I have no actual knowledge that Brody isn’t a practicing magician – but that doesn’t mean he can’t pretend to be one. He is, after all, an actor. The History Channel must have been thinking the same thing, because they’ve picked up Brody to play the star of its latest historical miniseries, Houdini. The four-hour miniseries, from executive producers Gerald W. Abrams and Andras Hamori, will follow the life of Harry Houdini from his early life in poverty all the way to his worldwide fame. To add a little sizzle, there’ll be some espionage, a few antagonistic spiritualists and several meetings with other famous people of the age, including U.S. preside ...
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Uma ponte entre passado e presente - Diário de Pernambuco (Assinatura)
Google News - over 5 years
Com a câmera super 8, o diretor, filho do roteirista de TV Gerald Abrams, cresceu em Los Angeles, berço da indústria cinematográfica, produzindo vídeos caseiros, cujas temáticas giravam sempre em torno de monstros, batalhas e perseguições
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Os segredos do filme Super 8 - Galileu
Google News - over 5 years
O diretor, filho do roteirista de TV Gerald Abrams, cresceu em Los Angeles, berço da indústria cinematográfica, brincando com uma câmera super 8. Abrams disse à revista Time que não queria que Super 8 se parecesse com um filme que foi feito em 1979,
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JJ Abrams raises curtain on scary 'Super 8' - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
The son of television producer Gerald Abrams, JJ Abrams remembers splitting time between his father's television sets and Lou Tannen's Magic Shop, a New York hole-in-the- wall where JJ and grandfather Harry went weekly. Abrams remembers once buying
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Appetite for Sushi Threatens Giant Tuna
NYTimes - over 25 years
MAN and boy, Bill Camp has been sallying out into the Atlantic for a quarter of a century in one of angling's great quests: the chase for the bluefin tuna, one of the world's most magnificent vertebrates. The bluefin is a fish to which superlatives cling. Growing to 1,500 pounds and 14 feet, it is the biggest bony fish in the world and quite
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Disney Studios Takes Care of Business
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: These are boom or bust times in Hollywood. Half a dozen smaller companies have collapsed in the last two years, and even some of the major studios are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. On the other hand, studios lucky enough to latch on to a blockbuster like ''Batman'' or ''Look Who's Talking'' can see their profits soar to record levels.
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  • 2014
    Age 75
    Gerald W. Abrams has executive produced over 70 films, most recently "Love, Again", "Christmas Shepherd", and "Houdini", cable television’s top rated miniseries of 2014..
    More Details Hide Details Houdini, a two-part, four-hour miniseries for History was written by Academy Award Nominated Nicholas Meyer and directed by Uli Edel. It premiered on September 1, 2014, starring Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini and Co-Starring Kristin Conolly “House of Cards” and Evan Jones. The film tells the story of the legendary illusionist and escape artist who rose from poverty to worldwide fame and fortune. Abrams has been nominated for two Emmy’s; the most recent was for Nuremberg, a dramatized account of the war crime trials following the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII. Nuremberg was a four-hour mini-series for Turner Network Television starring Alec Baldwin and Christopher Plummer and directed by Yves Simoneau. Premiered in July 2000, the film was one of the highest rated cable mini-series in history, it won four Emmy Nominations, Brian Cox won for the Best Performance by a Supporting Actor, it received three Golden Globe nominations, and a Producer’s Guild Golden Laurel nomination. The film won a Gemini Award, which is Canada’s equivalent of an Emmy.
  • 2011
    Age 72
    In 2011 he executive-produced "The Pastor's Wife" starring Rose McGowan for Lifetime Television and "The National Tree" starring Andrew McCarthy and "Duke" starring Steven Weber for the Hallmark Channel in 2009 and 2012 respectively.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Abrams executive produced 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out, the FX Network’s highest rated show in its nine-year history. Second Honeymoon, produced with his late wife, Carol Abrams and starring Roma Downey and Tim Matheson for CBS and shot in Puerto Rico. Following the critical success of those films, Abrams executive produced the Hallmark Channel’s A Christmas Visitor. Abrams formed Phoenix Entertainment Group with Gerald Isenberg in July 1985. In February 1989, Phoenix was acquired by The Hearst Corporation and renamed Hearst Entertainment Productions where he served as the Co-Chairman for eight years. In addition to his television credits, Abrams was also the executive producer of Hearts Of Fire, a theatrical film for Lorimar, starring Bob Dylan and Rupert Everett. Abrams formed his own company, Cypress Point Productions, in 1978. Through Cypress Point, he executive-produced Letters From Frank, starring Art Carney and introducing Michael J. Fox, The Gift starring Glenn Ford and Julie Harris, Act Of Love, starring Ron Howard and Mickey Rourke, Berlin Tunnel 21, starring Richard Thomas and Horst Buchholz, Marian Rose White, starring Katherine Ross and Valerie Perrine, the CBS series Cutter To Houston, starring Alec Baldwin, Found Money, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sid Caesar, Scorned And Swindled, starring Tuesday Weld, "Florence Nightingale, and the Emmy Award winning A Woman Called Golda, starring Ingrid Bergman for Operation Primetime. 3
  • 2008
    Age 69
    Abrams also executive-produced "Daniel's Daughter" starring Laura Leighton in 2008 and "Fairfield Road" starring Jesse Metcalfe in 2010 for the Hallmark Channel, both were written by his daughter, Tracy Rosen.
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  • 2004
    Age 65
    In March 2004, ABC aired The Mystery of Natalie Wood shot in Sydney, Australia, directed by Peter Bogddanovich, executive produced by Abrams and based on Suzanne Finstad’s biography of Natalie Wood.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, Abrams made See Arnold Run about the historic California recall election for A&E. Abrams produced the four-hour miniseries, Monte Carlo, shot entirely on location in France, and executive-producer of A Father's Revenge, for ABC, which was filmed in Berlin, starring Brian Dennehy and Joanna Cassidy. He executive-produced the two-hour movie for ABC and London Weekend Television, Jekyll & Hyde, starring Michael Caine and Cheryl Ladd, filmed on location in England, which was followed by Daughter Of Darkness, starring Anthony Perkins, which was filmed in Budapest, Hungary, for CBS.
  • 1999
    Age 60
    Based on the Best Selling Novel by Pulitzer Prize-Winner Anna Quindlen, Abrams Executive Produced Black and Blue. The film was written and adapted by April Smith, and starred Mary Stuart Masterson and Anthony LaPaglia for CBS and debuted in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details The film is about Frances Benedetto, a victim of domestic violence. The movie follows Frances's relationship to her increasingly abusive NYCPD officer husband, who has the police force on his side, and her eventual escape to Florida with her son. The Defection of Simas Kudirka was executive produced by Abrams in 1978. Based on the true story of the attempted defection in 1970 by a Lithuanian seaman seeking political asylum in the United States. Kudirka was denied asylum and returned to the Soviets, charged with treason, and sentenced to ten years of hard labor. It was later discovered and verified that his mother had been born in Brooklyn and gone to Lithuania at a young age, which meant she was a U. S. citizen. As a result, Kudirka was declared a U. S. citizen and in 1974 released by the Soviets. The Defection of Simas Kudirka was nominated for five Emmy’s, David Lowell Rich won for Outstanding Directing in a Special Program, and John A. Martinelli won for Outstanding Film Editing for a Special.
  • FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 40
    Flesh & Blood was Executive Produced by Abrams in 1979, starring Tom Berenger, Denzel Washington, and John Cassavetes.
    More Details Hide Details The film is about a convict that takes up boxing in prison, which brings a new meaning to his life. Once out, his trainer motivates him to become a professional boxer. He cares about only two other things, his uncomfortably close mother and absent father. Cassavetes was nominated for an Emmy as an Outstanding Supporting Actor.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 37
    In 1976, Abrams Executive Produced, The Secret Life of John Chapman.
    More Details Hide Details The Film starred Ralph Waite, Susan Anspach and Richard Arnold. The true story of John Chapman, a college president who took a sabbatical and went out and got a job as a general laborer, to try to experience life outside his well-ordered but insulated college environment. The Secret Life of John Chapman was produced for CBS and generated a 44 share. Berlin Tunnel 21 was Executive Produced by Abrams in 1981. The film starred Richard Thomas, Horst Buchholz, and José Ferrer. An American soldier and a German engineer join forces, in Berlin, 1961, to build a tunnel under the Berlin Wall in order to smuggle out refugees, including the soldier's East German girlfriend.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 28
    As a result of mounting debts, he sold secrets to the Soviets in 1967, a practice that he continued thereafter.
    More Details Hide Details He further sought to involve his four children into the espionage until his wife caught on to his activities. The film was Shot in Vienna, Austria and it starred Powers Boothe and Lesley Ann Warren. Warren was nominated for an Emmy as well. In 2005, Abrams and Bud Greenspan produced Four Minutes for ESPN, written by legendary sports illustrated writer Frank Deford and it starred Christopher Plummer, which chronicled Roger Bannister’s feat of being the first to run the mile in under four minutes. Four Minutes was nominated for an Emmy and an ESPY award. In 2003, Abrams Executive Produced, the Emmy Nominated Television Movie Out of the Ashes for Showtime, shot in Vilnius, Lithuania and it starred Christine Lahti and was directed by Joseph Sargent. Based on a true story, this heart-wrenching film follows the journey of Gisella Perl played by Christine Lahti, a Jewish-Hungarian doctor who manages to survive Auschwitz. Decades later, she's applying for U.S. citizenship when she becomes accused of colluding with the Nazis. Her judge and jury are three INS investigators, played by Bruce Davison, Richard Crenna and Beau Bridges, who must decide her fate.
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