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Jerry Fairbanks Productions, Inc. Records, ca. 1940-1970
PASC 176  
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  • Title: Jerry Fairbanks Productions, Inc. records
    Collection number: PASC 176
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 30 linear ft. (72 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1940-1970
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jerry Fairbanks Productions, Inc. records (Collection PASC 176). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Executive producer, Jerry Fairbanks was born in San Francisco, CA, Nov. 1, 1904; was a cameraman (1924-29); formed his production company in the early 1930s; produced films for Universal pictures including a series of short color films entitled, "Strange As It Seems," based on the cartoon series of the same name; moved to Paramount pictures in 1936 where he produced the Popular science series, in collaboration with Popular Science magazine, "Unusual Occupations"; in 1947, while at Paramount, Fairbanks worked for NBC to establish a film division which resulted in the formation of the NBC newsreel; filmed the first dramatic series for television, "Public Prosecutor," the first cartoon series for television, "Crusader Rabbit," and other series including "Front Page Detective," "Hollywood Theatre," "This Is Your Life," "The Ed Wynn Show," and "The Edgar Bergen Show"; starting in the 1950s, the company engaged primarily in producing films for non-theatrical use; Jerry Fairbanks' numerous contributions to the television industry include the Academy Award winning DuoPlane Process, used in the series "Speaking Of Animals," the Multicam System, which allowed the filming of continuous sequences and spontaneity of live performances, and the "Zoomar Lens" which allowed a zoom from long-shots to close-ups; retired in 1983 and died in 1995.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of records related to Jerry Fairbanks Productions, Inc. Includes script materials, production and business records, photographs, color transparencies, slides, and storyboards. Includes materials for television documentaries, commercial and industrial productions, and unproduced projects.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Scripts for produced, developed, and pilot projects
    2. Script material for apparently unproduced projects
    3. General/business files, contacts, storyboards
    4. Photographs/slides/transparencies/negatives

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Jerry Fairbanks Productions --Archives.
    Television producers and directors--Archival resources.