Startz, Jane 1947–

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STARTZ, Jane 1947


Full name, Jane Ellen Startz; born March 8, 1947, in New York, NY; daughter of Milton Irving and Lois Janet (maiden name, Raben) Startz; married Peter B. Barton, October 8, 1971; children: Jesse, Kate, Zoe. Education: Skidmore College, B.A., 1969; studied music at Juilliard School. Avocational Interests: Piano, reading.

Addresses: Office Jane Startz Productions, 244 Fifth Ave., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Career: Producer and executive. Scholastic Productions, Inc., New York City, cofounder and executive vice president, beginning 1978; Jane Startz Productions, New York City, founder and partner, 1997. Member of advisory board for Chemotherapy Foundation, Child magazine, and Institute for Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies.

Member: National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Writers Guild of America, New York Women in Film.

Awards, Honors: Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival, CINE Golden Eagle, Council on International Nontheatrical Events, and Silver Award, Houston International Film Festival, all 1987, for "The Prodigious Hickey," in "The Lawrenceville Trilogy," American Playhouse; Annual CableACE Award, National Cable Television Association, Gemini Award, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, CINE Golden Eagle, Ollie Award, and Gold Award, Houston International Film Festival, all 1987, for The Truth about Alex; CINE Golden Eagle, Silver Hugo Award, Chicago International Film Festival, and Gold Award, Houston International Film Festival, all 1987, for The Incredible Ida Early; Emmy Award, outstanding children's' entertainment special, 1984, for The Great Love Experiment; two Golden Globe Award nominations, film category, c. 1998, for The Mighty; other awards include several Emmy Award nominations, Parents Choice awards, and an award from Action for Children's Television.


Television Executive Producer; Series:

Charles in Charge, CBS, beginning 1984 then syndicated, beginning 1987.

The Parent Survival Guide, Lifetime, 1989.

The BabySitters Club (series of specials), 1990.

Way Cool, syndicated, 1991.

The Magic School Bus (also known as Scholastic's The Magic School Bus ), PBS, 19941998.

Television Executive Producer; Specials:

Mystery at Fire Island, CBS, 1981.

The Haunted Mansion Mystery, ABC, 1983.

The Great Love Experiment, ABC, 1984.

A Different Twist, ABC, 1984.

The Almost Royal Family, ABC, 1984.

High School Narc, ABC, 1985.

The Exchange Student, CBS, 1985.

The Adventures of a TwoMinute Werewolf, ABC, 1985.

Getting Even: A Wimp's Revenge, ABC, 1986.

The Truth about Alex, HBO, 1987.

Read between the Lines, ABC, 1987.

"The Prodigious Hickey," in "The Lawrenceville Trilogy," American Playhouse, PBS, 1987.

"The Return of Hickey," in "The Lawrenceville Trilogy," American Playhouse, PBS, 1988.

"The Beginning of the Firm," in "The Lawrenceville Trilogy," American Playhouse, PBS, 1989.

(And creator) The Magic School Bus Family Holiday Special, PBS, 1996.

Television Executive Producer; Specials in The BabySitters Club Series:

Mary Anne and the Brunettes, HBO, 1990.

Dawn and the Haunted House, HBO, 1990.

Stacey's Big Break, HBO, 1991.

Kristy and the Great Campaign, HBO, 1991.

Claudia and the Missing Jewels, HBO, 1991.

The BabySitters' Special Christmas, HBO, 1991.

Dawn and the Dream Boy, HBO, 1992.

Television Executive Producer; Other:

The Incredible Ida Early (pilot), NBC, 1987.

Memories Never Die (movie), CBS, 1982.

Film Producer:

The Indian in the Cupboard, Paramount, 1995.

The BabySitters Club, Columbia, 1995.

The Mighty, Miramax, 1998.

Tuck Everlasting, Buena Vista/Walt Disney, 2002.

Ella Enchanted, Miramax, 2004.



Executive producer, The Great Ape Activity Tape, Karl Lorimar Home Video, 1986.