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WGA to fete Mendelsohn for toon talents

'Sub' scribe worked at Hanna-Barbera, Marvel

The Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America West has tapped Jack Mendelsohn to receive its seventh annual Animation Writing Award for lifetime achievement.

The kudo will be presented Thursday at WGA West headquarters.

“As both a writer and an advocate for his fellow writers, Jack has left more than his mark in the animation field in both film and television,” WGA West president Daniel Petrie Jr. said “Helping shape our lives by creating quality programming throughout the years for all ages, he has left a lasting impression and a legacy that will endure for years to come.”

He co-wrote the screenplay for “Yellow Submarine” in 1968, and worked at Hanna-Barbera, Marvel, DIC, Saban, Filmation and Canal Plus. He served as story editor for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Archie,” “Groovie Ghoulies,” “Dennis the Menace,” “Teddy Ruxpin” and “James Bond, Jr.”

Mendelsohn served as head writer for “George of the Jungle” and “Super Chicken” and co-wrote the primetime special “Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert!”

He also was a staff writer on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and “Tony Orlando & Dawn” and received Emmy nominations for “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Van Dyke and Company.”

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