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Description
The Jon Davison papers span the years 1970-1987 (bulk 1981-1987) and encompass 2 linear feet. The collection contains production files related to WHITE DOG (1982) and ROBOCOP (1987) which primarily consist of script notes, storyboards, and memoranda. Of interest are extensive notes from actor Peter Weller for ROBOCOP, two original drawings by Craig Davies for that film, and a letter from the Black Anti- Defamation Coalition expressing concern over the story of WHITE DOG.
Background
Jon Davison is an American producer active in film since 1972. He studied film at New York University (NYU) where Martin Scorsese served as one of his mentors. Davison eventually moved to Los Angeles to assist his fellow NYU classmate Jonathan Kaplan tweak a script for the Roger Corman film NIGHT CALL NURSES (1972). Davison became head of advertising and publicity for Corman's production company, New World Pictures, before producing such Corman films as BIG BAD MAMA (1974), HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (1976), GRAND THEFT AUTO (1977), and PIRANHA (1978). Davison eventually left New World to work with brothers David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams to produce the comedies AIRPLANE! (1980) and TOP SECRET! (1984). After producing WHITE DOG (1982) for director Samuel Fuller, Davison segued into the sci-fi genre with such films as TWILIGHT ZONE - THE MOVIE (1983), ROBOCOP (1987), and STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997).
Extent
2 linear feet of papers.
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.
Availability
Available by appointment only.