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Mendelson, Lee 1933-

Mendelson, Lee 1933-

PERSONAL

Born March 24, 1933, in San Francisco, CA; son of Palmer C. (a grower) and Jeanette D. (maiden name, Wise) Mendelson; married Debbie; children: Glenn, Linda, Jason, Sean. Education: Stanford University, B.A., 1954.

Addresses:

Office—Lee Mendelson Film Productions Inc., 330 Primrose Rd., Suite 310, Burlingame, CA 94010-4028.

Career:

Producer, director, and writer. Worked for KPIX-TV, 1961-63; Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Inc., Los Angeles and Burlingame, CA, chairman of the board and president, 1963—. Stanford University, guest instructor in communications; KQED (educational station), member of board of directors. Military service: U.S. Air Force, 1954-57, served as navigator; became first lieutenant; received Commendation Ribbon.

Member:

Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award (with Bill Melendez), outstanding children's program, and George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Georgia, both 1965, for A Charlie Brown Christmas; Emmy Award nomination (with Melendez), outstanding children's program, 1966, for It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award, achievement in cultural documentaries, 1967, for John Steinbeck's "America and Americans"; Emmy Award nominations (with Melendez), achievement in children's programming, 1967, for He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown and You're in Love, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award nomination (with Walt DeFaria and Sheldon Fay, Jr.), achievement in cultural documentary programming, 1969, for Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz; Emmy Award nomination (with Melendez), outstanding children's special, 1973, for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; Emmy Award nomination (with Melendez), outstanding children's special, 1974, for Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award (with Warren Lockhart), outstanding children's informational special, 1975, for Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award (with Melendez), outstanding children's special, 1976, for You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award nomination (with Melendez), outstanding children's special, 1976, for It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award nomination (with Melendez), outstanding animated program, 1978, for You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award nomination (with Melendez), outstanding animated program, 1979, for She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown; Grammy Award nomination (with Jymn Magon), outstanding recording for children, 1979, for You're in Love, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award (with Melendez), outstanding animated program, 1980, for Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award nomination (with Melendez), outstanding animated program, 1980, for It's Magic, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award nominations (with Melendez), outstanding animated program, 1981, for Charlie Brown Celebration and Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award nominations (with Melendez), outstanding animated program, 1982, for Here Comes Garfield, Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?, and What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?; Emmy Award (with Melendez and Jay Poyner), outstanding animated program, for Garfield on the Town, and Emmy Award nomination (with Melendez), outstanding animated program, 1983, for It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown; Peabody Award (with Melendez and CBS), 1983, for What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?; Emmy Award nomination (with Melendez), outstanding animated program, 1984, for Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown; Grammy Award nomination (with Magon, Ed Bogas, and Desiree Goyette), outstanding recording for children, 1984, for Flashbeagle; Emmy Award nomination (with Melendez), outstanding animated program, 1985, for The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show; Emmy Award (with others), outstanding animated program, 1986, for Cathy; Young Artist Award nomination, best family animation production, 1996, for This Is America, Charlie Brown; Emmy Award nomination (with Walter C. Miller), outstanding children's program, 2000, for Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years; Emmy Award nomination (with Jason Mendelson), outstanding children's program, 2002, for The Making of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

CREDITS

Television Executive Producer; Animated Specials:

A Charlie Brown Christmas, CBS, 1965.

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1974.

She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1979.

Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown (also known as Life's a Circus, Charlie Brown), CBS, 1980.

Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1981.

It's Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1985.

Cathy, CBS, 1986.

Cathy's Last Resort, CBS, 1988.

Snoopy: The Musical, CBS, 1988.

Cathy's Valentine, CBS, 1989.

Snoopy's Reunion (also known as Toon Night), CBS, 1991.

It's Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1992.

You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, 1993.

Television Producer (with Bill Melendez); Animated Specials:

Charlie Brown's All-Stars, CBS, 1966.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1966.

You're in Love, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1967.

He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1967.

It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1969.

Play It Again, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1971.

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1972.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, CBS, 1972.

There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1973.

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1974.

It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1974.

You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1975.

It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1976.

It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1977.

What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown!, CBS, 1977.

You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1979.

It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown, 1980.

Charlie Brown Celebration, CBS, 1981.

It's Magic, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1981.

Here Comes Garfield, CBS, 1982.

Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?, CBS, 1983.

What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?, CBS, 1983.

Garfield on the Town, CBS, 1983.

It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1984.

Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1984.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1985.

The Romance of Betty Boop, CBS, 1985.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!, CBS, 1985.

It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown (also known as The Girl in the Red Truck), CBS, 1988.

You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown (also known as Celebrating 40 Years in the Comics and 25 Years on Television), CBS, 1990.

Television Executive Producer; Animated Specials:

It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown, 2000.

A Charlie Brown Valentine (also known as Charlie Brown's Valentine's Day Special), ABC, 2002.

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, ABC, 2003.

Television Producer; Animated Specials:

Why, Charlie Brown, Why?, CBS, 1990.

It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown, 1997.

Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown, ABC, 2003.

Television Director; Animated Specials:

It's Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1985.

(With Bill Melendez) You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown (also known as Celebrating 40 Years in the Comics and 25 Years on Television), CBS, 1990.

He's a Bully, Charlie Brown, ABC, 2006.

Television Executive Producer; Specials:

Travels with Charley, NBC, 1968.

The Fabulous Funnies, NBC, 1968.

(With Walt DeFaria) Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz, CBS, 1969.

Sunday Funnies, NBC, 1983.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Charles Schulz, 2000.

Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years, 2000.

The Making of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," ABC, 2001.

Television Producer; Specials:

John Steinbeck's "America and Americans," NBC, 1967.

The Rod McKuen Special, NBC, 1969.

(With Walt DeFaria) The Wonderful World of Pizzazz, NBC, 1969.

(With Warren L. Lockhart) "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1973.

(With Lockhart) Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown, CBS, 1975.

(With Karen Crommie) The Fantastic Funnies, CBS, 1980.

Television Director; Specials:

The Fantastic Funnies, CBS, 1980.

The Making of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," ABC, 2001.

Television Executive Producer; Series:

Hot Dog, NBC, 1970-1971.

(With Lee Rich and Philip Capice) Eight Is Enough, ABC, 1977-81.

(With Robert Guenette and Chris Pye) You Asked For It, syndicated, 1981-83.

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (animated) CBS, 1983—.

Mother Goose & Grimm (animated; also known as Grimmy), 1992.

Garfield and Friends (animated), CBS, 1994.

Television Producer; Series:

(With Bill Melendez) The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, CBS, 1983—.

Television Executive Producer; Miniseries:

This is America, Charlie Brown! (also known as Charlie Brown and Snoopy's History of America, You're on Nickelodeon Charlie Brown, and Charlie Brown's History of the U.S.), CBS, 1988.

Television Producer; Movies:

The Unexplained, 1970.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Making of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," ABC, 2001.

Film Executive Producer:

Come to Your Senses, 1971.

It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown (animated), Paramount, 2000.

Film Producer (with Bill Melendez); Animated Features:

A Boy Named Charlie Brown (also known as A Boy Called Charlie Brown), National General, 1969.

Snoopy, Come Home, National General, 1972.

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, Paramount, 1977.

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back), Paramount, 1980.

It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown, 1997.

Film Director:

Wrinkles: In Need of Cuddles, 2006.

RECORDINGS

Albums:

(With Jymn Magon) You're in Love, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown Records, 1979.

(With Magon, Ed Bogas, and Desiree Goyette) Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown Records, 1984.

WRITINGS

Television Specials:

(With others) The Fabulous Funnies, NBC, 1968.

(With Larry Markes and Charles Einstein) The Wonderful World of Pizzazz, NBC, 1969.

The Fantastic Funnies, CBS, 1980.

(With others) Sunday Funnies, NBC, 1983.

(With Bill Melendez) You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown (also known as Celebrating 40 Years in the Comics and 25 Years on Television), CBS, 1990.

Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years, 2000.

Television Music; Specials:

(Special musical material) The Fantastic Funnies, CBS, 1980.

Television Miniseries:

(With others) This is America, Charlie Brown! (also known as Charlie Brown and Snoopy's History of America and Charlie Brown's History of the U.S.), CBS, 1988.

Screenplays:

Wrinkles: In Need of Cuddles, 1986.

Books:

Charlie Brown and Charles Schultz, World Publishing, 1970.

(With Bill Melendez) A Charlie Brown Christmas, HarperCollins, 2000.

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