You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Arthur ‘Jack’ Wodell Jr. dies at 79

Film marketing exec repped Warner Bros.

Film marketing exec Arthur Fred “Jack” Wodell Jr. died in Windsor, Calif. of heart failure on Feb. 23. He was 79.

Wodell began his career in the motion picture marketing business with Fox Intermountain Theatres. He formed Wodell Sherman Advertising in 1959, and moved to San Francisco in 1962, where he ran Jack Wodell Associates for more than 25 years.

Wodell was one of the first agency owners in the film business to consult film companies about their print advertising and electronic placement. Warner Bros. was his first major client, and his agency represented Warners in Northern California and other western states.

He opened a Los Angeles office in 1972 which developed and placed print advertising for films in Los Angeles. In 1974, he opened a Chicago office, covering Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Soon after, he opened an office in New Orleans.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle; son Kirk, a film media consultant and two grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Variety Club of Northern CA, 582 Market Street, #907, San Francisco, CA, 94104.

More Scene

  • Made By Google

    Rashida Jones, Jaden Smith and More Stars Party at Made by Google Opening Night

    Film marketing exec Arthur Fred “Jack” Wodell Jr. died in Windsor, Calif. of heart failure on Feb. 23. He was 79. Wodell began his career in the motion picture marketing business with Fox Intermountain Theatres. He formed Wodell Sherman Advertising in 1959, and moved to San Francisco in 1962, where he ran Jack Wodell Associates […]

  • 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' film

    Tyler Perry Hopes 'Boo 2!' Can Help Bring Laughter to Nation's 'Darkness'

    Film marketing exec Arthur Fred “Jack” Wodell Jr. died in Windsor, Calif. of heart failure on Feb. 23. He was 79. Wodell began his career in the motion picture marketing business with Fox Intermountain Theatres. He formed Wodell Sherman Advertising in 1959, and moved to San Francisco in 1962, where he ran Jack Wodell Associates […]

  • 'Geostorm' film premiere

    'Geostorm' Director Hopes Harvey Weinstein Scandal Signals 'Sea Change' for Hollywood

    Film marketing exec Arthur Fred “Jack” Wodell Jr. died in Windsor, Calif. of heart failure on Feb. 23. He was 79. Wodell began his career in the motion picture marketing business with Fox Intermountain Theatres. He formed Wodell Sherman Advertising in 1959, and moved to San Francisco in 1962, where he ran Jack Wodell Associates […]

  • ‘Working Above The Line’ panel, The

    Academy's Third Annual Careers in Film Summit Inspires Young Creatives

    Film marketing exec Arthur Fred “Jack” Wodell Jr. died in Windsor, Calif. of heart failure on Feb. 23. He was 79. Wodell began his career in the motion picture marketing business with Fox Intermountain Theatres. He formed Wodell Sherman Advertising in 1959, and moved to San Francisco in 1962, where he ran Jack Wodell Associates […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content