Karpf, Merrill H. 1940–

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KARPF, Merrill H. 1940–

(Merrill Karpf)


Born October 11, 1940, in New York, NY; son of Stuart J. (a film editor) and Mary (maiden name, Rosenfeld) Karpf; married Susan L. Geffen (a gourmet cooking instructor); children: Erin Rochelle, Ryan Douglas. Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., L.L.B.


Producer and writer. O'Melveny and Myers, Los Angeles, CA, entertainment lawyer, 1966–74, then executive vice president, 1975; Quinn Martin Productions, Los Angeles, president and chief operating officer, 1976–82; Schaefer/Karpf Productions, Studio City, CA (later moved to Toluca Lake, CA), partner, 1982—. Editor of UCLA Law Review during law school at University of California, Los Angeles. Military service: U.S. Air Force National Guard, 1957–62.


Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, CAUCUS, American Film Institute, Hollywood Radio and Television Society, NCTA.

Awards, Honors:

ACE Award nomination, 1983, for Right of Way; Angel Award, Monte Carlo Film Festival Award, Wilbur Award, and Golden Halo Award, 1985, all for Children in the Crossfire; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding children's program, 1984, for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding drama/comedy special, 1986, Wise Owl Award 2nd place (with George Schaefer), television and theatrical film fiction, Retirement Research Foundation, 1987, both for Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry; Film Award (with John Davis), best feature drama film, Santa Clarita International Film Festival, 1998, for Miracle at Midnight.


Television Work; Series:

Producer, Ed (also known as Stuckeyville), NBC, 2000–2003.

Co–executive producer, Ed (also known as Stuckeyville), NBC, 2003.

Also worked as producer, The Streets of San Francisco, ABC; Cannon, CBS; Barnaby Jones, CBS; Freemont Place, CBS.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

Help Wanted: Male, CBS, 1982.

Right of Way, HBO, 1983.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, ABC, 1983.

Children in the Crossfire, NBC, 1984.

Stone Pillow, CBS, 1985.

Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry, CBS, 1986.

Six Against the Rock, NBC, 1987.

Laura Lansing Slept Here, NBC, 1988.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, NBC, 1989.

Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 (also known as Aftermath and Aftermath: The Fate of Flight 1501), NBC, 1990.

(As Merrill Karpf) Blood River, CBS, 1991.

Wild Card, USA Network, 1992.

Caught in the Act, USA Network, 1993.

(As Merrill Karpf) This Can't Be Love, CBS, 1994.

Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story (also known as Starting Again), NBC, 1994.

One Christmas, NBC, 1994.

Volcano: Fire on the Mountain (also known as Fire on the Mountain), ABC, 1997.

Miracle at Midnight, ABC, 1998.

Television Producer; Movies:

(As Merrill Karpf) Voyage (also known as Cruise of Fear), USA Network, 1993.

Irresistible Force, CBS, 1993.

The Last Outlaw, HBO, 1994.

(As Merrill Karpf) The Wilde Girls, Showtime, 2001.

Television Executive Producer; Miniseries:

Asteroid, NBC, 1997.

Television Executive Producer; Specials:

The Booth, PBS, 1985.


Television Stories:

(As Merrill Karpf) Volcano: Fire on the Mountain (also known as Fire on the Mountain), 1997.