By way of introduction, I’m Jack Olesker, President & CEO for 24/7 Productions. I’m a writer, producer and director who has written, produced and directed over 1,200 episodes of television and eighteen films, most in animation. I also served a stint as president of a motion picture and television studio in Chennai, India.
As legendary University of Alabama Coach Bear Bryant famously said, “It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true.” In my case, it’s true; it’s all true. I’m the real deal. I was there, on the ground, during The Golden Age of Television Animation.
First and foremost, thanks to all of you for being here. I do a lot of conventions and public appearances. When I’m signing mini-posters of shows I’ve been involved with, many fans thank me for the impact I had on their childhoods. I always say “Writers, producers, directors and actors are nothing without fans, so I’m the one who should be thanking you.”
With that said, I want to briefly visit the title of this blog: A Writer's Life…During The Golden Age of Television Animation. I know that begs the question: “Why is he ignoring the fact that The Golden Age of Animation began with the release of the Disney short film Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928?”
Well, I wasn’t around in the 1920s. But I was around during The Golden Age of Television Animation during the 1980s and 1990s. Not only was I “around”, I was a big part of it.
I’d like to take you on a tour of that particular Golden Age. So let’s go…