Lee Orgel

Producer and post-production veteran

Producer and post-production veteran Lee Orgel died May 12 of emphysema in Los Angeles. He was 78.

A native of New Jersey, he began his career as stage manager for MGM’s live presentations at Manhattan’s Capitol Theater.

He was a pioneer in the early days of children’s television and produced the original interactive chalk talk show “Cartoon Teletales,” as well as one of the earliest daytime game shows “Picture Please.”

He started his own production company, Jomar Productions, where he developed and produced shows including “The New Adventures of the Three Stooges” and “Abbott and Costello” cartoon series.

As producer and creative head of UPA Pictures, he produced the first animated primetime network special “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol” and feature toon “Gay Pur-ee” voiced by Judy Garland.

He also wrote for television, including episodes for “Mr. Roberts,” “Batman” and “Scooby-Doo.”

For the past 15 years, he was VP of sales and adminstration at Crest National labs, concentrating on the large format telecine department.

“Lee has been an intregral part of our organization as well as the industry at large,” said Ron Stein, president of Crest National.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Leatrice; daughter Jo Ann, manager of soundtracks at Fox; son Mark and two grandchildren.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading