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TELEVISION & RADIO

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BODY OF WORK

Jack Olesker began his career in television in 1984.  That year he began writing episodic television for children series.  How many episodes and series did Jack work on?  The short answer is a LOT. More specifically, Olesker has written, produced and directed over twelve hundred episodes of television.

 

  • MUSTARD SEED, From Which Beautiful Things Grow (2019, 24/7 Productions) Wrote Series Bible. In submission at Discovery Channel, TLC. 

  • THE ANIMAL CRACKER (2019, 24/7 Productions) In development.  

  • PRESIDENTIAL VIGILANTE SQUAD (2019, 24/7 Productions and Silver Phoenix Entertainment) Wrote Series Bible and Pilot Episode Script. Scheduled for Fall 2019 submissions.  

  • AT THE ZOO, with Max & McKenzie (2018, 24/7 Productions, Lakeshore Public Media, Chicago Zoological Society) Wrote Series Bible, produced and directed Pilot Episode. In wide submission.  CAMPUS (24/7 Productions, Lakeshore Public Media, Purdue University) Wrote Series Bible, produced and directed Pilot Episode. In wide submission.  

  • IMPACT! United Way, with Kim & Evelyn (2017, 24/7 Productions, Lakeshore Public Media, United Way of Porter County) Wrote Series Bible. In continuing submission.

  • THE HOUSE (2015, 24/7 Productions) Co-creator, wrote series bible.  In submission at SyFy and Fox Entertainment.  

  • SERVING UP HISTORY (2015, 24/7 Productions/WYIN PBS Affiliate) Creator/Writer.  Produced and directed promo.  In submission with American Public Television.  

  • SWEET SOUTHERN COMFORT (2015, 24/7 Productions) Creator of Series Bible, Based upon the Buddy Jewell song.  

  • THE IRA ORACLE (2015, 24/7 Productions, Inc./WYIN PBS Affiliate) Creator/Writer.  Produced and directed promo.  In submission with American Public Television.  

  • MY FRIEND FREKKLES (2014, 24/7 Productions, Inc.) Created series, wrote series bible and pilot episode script based upon the United Way IP Frekkles the Frog.  PAPABEHR (2014, 24/7 Productions, Inc.) Created series, wrote series bible and pilot episode script.  

  • GREAT ESCAPES (2013, 24/7 Productions.)  Wrote Series Bible, based upon Great Wolf Lodge.  NI LAKES (2011, 24/7 Productions & WNIT Public Television) Cretor/Wrote Series Bible.  

  • THE LISA & MAX DEVEREAUX MYSTERIES (2012, 24/7 Productions) Wrote Series Bible based upon Olesker’s bestselling novel, CAST ON, BET’S OFF.  Wrote two-part MOW.  Robby Benson attached to direct.  Casper Van Dien attached in lead role.  

  • JACK & JILL & FRIENDS (24/7 Productions, 2011.)  Wrote Series Bible and Pilot Episode Script, based upon the popular children’s magazine, Jack & Jill.  BUILT (24/7 Productions and The Donna Project, Inc., 2011) Co-wrote Series Bible and Pilot Episode Script.  

  • THE 100 BLACK MEN OF SOUTH BEND: THE POWER OF 100 (WNIT Public Television, 2011.)  Served as Associate Producer for produced PBS documentary.  Emmy nominated.  STORY THYME (24/7 Productions/Metro Productions, 2010.) Creator/wrote Story Bible.  

  • EMPOWERMENT: THE AMAZING GRACE (24/7 Productions/Bartlett-McWeeney/Yeshua International, Ltd., 2009) Wrote script, co-produced documentarty, served as Executive Producer.  

  • JUNKANOO!  (24/7 Productions/Bartlett-McWeeney/Yeshua International, Ltd., 2008)  Co-produced documentary, served as Executive Producer and co-host.  O.R.C.A. Force (24/7 Productions and Blue Seals Productions, 2009) Wrote Series Bible.  

  • HIP HOP FABLES (KEN Creative Studio, 2008) Produced five episodes.  Wrote Series Bible and, produced and voice-directed five episodes.  

  • SIT & KNIT, WITH KIM, JACK & BIRD (24/7 Productions. Inc., WNIT Public Television, 2006) Created series and wrote one-hour produced pilot format for talk show.  Joint venture with WNIT PBS Affiliate.  Executive Producer.  

  • DADDY WON’T SELL THE FARM (24/7 Productions, 2005) Based upon the Montgomery Gentry song.  Created series, wrote Series Bible.  

  • PIANO MAN (24/7 Productions, Metro Productions, 2004) Created series, wrote Series Bible and Pilot Episode Script.  

  • GREATEST PRESIDENTIAL MOMENTS (24/7 Productions. Metro Productions, 2003) Created documentary series proposal.  

  • YOWIE POWER (24/7 Productions/KidCorp/Cadbury’s Chocolate, 2002.)  Wrote series bible and Pilot Episode Script.  RETRO (24/7 Productions/Mainyak Productions/Foothill Entertainment, 2002.)  Developed game show concept, wrote pilot episode script.  

  • BUGVADERS (POWERSPORTS, 2001) Co-created CGI series.  Wrote series bible and pilot episode.  

  • SODA OF FUNKYTOWN (BOCA Entertainment Ltd., 2000.) Wrote series bible and pilot episode.  

  • BIOWARS (BOCA Entertainment Ltd./ITV, 2000) Wrote series bible and pilot episode.  

  • ELLIOT…OUT THERE (BOCA Entertainment Ltd., 2000.)  Wrote series bible and pilot episode.    

  • HALL PASS (BOCA Entertainment Ltd./ITV, 1999.)  Developed series bible.  

  • GIGAMALL (BOCA Entertainment Ltd./ITV, 1999.)  Wrote series bible and pilot.  

  • CYRANO 2022 (Jetlag Production, 1998.)  Wrote English adaptation of all twenty-six produced episodes.  

  • KNIGHT FORCE: CAMELOT 5760 (BOCA International, 1998.)  Wrote feature film, series bible and Telly Award-winning promo.  

  • FREEZERBURN (BOCA Entertainment/Wreckless Abandon Studios, 1998) Wrote series bible and pilot episode.  

  • GUARDIANS 4 GOOD SENSE (Aston Management/A.G.E. Entertainment, 1997.)  Wrote series bible and pilot episode.  

  • CARTUNES (Aston Management, 1997.)  Wrote series bible, pilot episode and Telly Award-winning promo.  

  • COZMO (BOCA Entertainment/Aston Management, 1997.)  Wrote series bible and pilot episode.  SKY DANCERS (Abrams Gentile Entertainment, 1996) Wrote 20 produced episodes.  

  • HAPPY NESS, THE SECRET OF THE LOCH.  (Abrams Gentile Entertainment, 1996) Wrote all 13 produced episodes. 

  • MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS (Fox/Saban Entertainment) Co-Developer.  

  • SUPER HUMAN SAMURAI WARRIORS — (DIC Entertainment, 1996) Co-created three interactive CD-ROM games.  

  • KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF JUSTICE — (Jetlag Productions, 1994-1995.)  Wrote English adaptation of all 26 episodes.  

  • THE LITTLEST PET SHOP (Jetlag Productions, 1995) Wrote multiple episodes of produced series.  

  • MAKING WAVES — (Jetlag/A-B Productions, 1994) Wrote pilot episode.  

  • ATLANTIS KNIGHTS — (C&D International, 1994) Wrote series bible.  

  • THE ADVENTURES OF T-REX — (Jetlag Productions, 1994) Wrote multiple episodes of produced series.  

  • THE BOTS MASTER (C&D/Saban International/Avi Arad & Associates, 1993) Wrote series bible and English adaptation of all 40 produced episodes.  

  • HOT WHEELS — (Jetlag/Mattel, 1993) Created series, wrote series bible and 40 produced episodes.  

  • LAND WITHOUT LAUGHTER — (Jetlag, 1993) Wrote produced movie-of-the-week screenplay.  

  • IN HARM’S WAY, USCG — (Universal Television, 1993) Co-created live action series, wrote series bible, co-wrote pilot episode.  

  • EASY MONEY — (Warner Brothers-TV, 1992) Wrote series bible and pilot for one-hour live action pilot.  Optioned.  

  • VIDEO POWER — (Saban International/Bohbot Productions, 1992) Co-created series, wrote series bible, wrote all 40 produced episodes.  

  • NEW ADVENTURES OF HE-MAN (Jetlag/Mattel, 1990) Co-created series, wrote series bible and thirty-seven produced episodes.  

  • MAXIE’S WORLD — (DIC Entertainment, 1990) Wrote multiple produced episodes.

  • SUPER MARIO BROTHERS — (DIC Entertainment, 1990) Wrote multiple produced episodes.  

  • IT’S OK TO SAY NO TO DRUGS — (True North Productions, 1989) Wrote full-length produced video.  

  • KIDS HAVE RIGHTS, TOO! — (True North Productions, 1989) Wrote full-length produced video.  Winner of AFI’s Children’s Video of the Year Award.  

  • DREAM DATE — (Columbia-TV/Jay Reddack Productions, 1989) Wrote game show pilot.  

  • WINKY DINK & YOU — (Disney/Barry & Enright Productions, 1986) Co-created series and wrote pilot.  

  • THE LITTLES — (ABC/DIC Entertainment, 1984) Wrote multiple episodes.  As Senior Story Editor at DIC Entertainment from 1982 – 1986:  

  • JOAN RIVERS’ PREDICAMENTS — (DIC Entertainment/Mattel, 1987) Created and wrote game show  

  • LADY LOVELYLOCKS AND THE PIXIETAILS (DIC Entertainment/American Greetings, 1987) — Created series, wrote series bible and all 12 episodes.  

  • M.A.S.K. – (DIC Entertainment/Kenner Toys, 1986-1987)  

  • HEATHCLIFF & THE CATILLAC CATS — (DIC Entertainment, 1986) Served as Story Editor for 13 episodes.  

  • POPPLES — (DIC Entertainment, 1985) Co-created series and wrote multiple episodes.  

  • THE CARE BEARS — (DIC Entertainment/American Greetings, 1984) Served as Story Editor for 26 episodes.  

  • THE GET ALONG GANG — (DIC/CBS/American Greetings, 1985) Wrote multiple episodes.  

 

RADIO

 

  • WILD HEARTS — (BOCA Entertainment Ltd., 2000) Created series bible for Country music “soap opera”.  

  • Wrote, directed and produced.  From 1982 – 1983 served as writer for Blanc Communications, wrote over 100 television commercials.  While more recent work has become more varied, Jack still enjoys the chance to positively impact children through writing and creativity.