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Leon Schlesinger (1884 - December 25, 1949) was a producer at the Warner Bros. studio during the golden age of Hollywood animation. 1884 is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar). ... December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 6 days remaining. ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... In the entertainment industry, a producer is generally in charge of, or helps to coordinate, the financial, legal, administrative, technological, and artistic aspects of a production. ... The WB Shield, used from 2001 to late 2003. ...


Schlesinger was born in Philadelphia. After working at a theater as an usher, songbook agent, actor, and manager, he became the head of Pacific Art and Title, where most of his business was producing title cards for silent films. As talking pictures ("talkies") gained popularity in 1929 and 1930, Schlesinger looked for ways to cash in and stay in business. Legend claims that he helped finance the Warner brothers' first talkie, The Jazz Singer. He then secured a contract with the studio to produce its brand-new Looney Tunes series, and he signed animators Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising to create these cartoons with their Bosko character as the star. This article refers to the largest city of Pennsylvania. ... Usher on the cover of his album Confessions Usher Raymond (born October 14, 1979) has been a popular R&B/pop musician since the early 1990s. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Management (from Old French ménagement the art of conducting, directing, from Latin manu agere to lead by the hand) characterises the process of leading and directing all or part of an organization, often a business, through the deployment and manipulation of resources (human, financial, material, intellectual or intangible). ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... A sound film (or talkie) is a motion picture with synchronized sound, as opposed to a silent movie. ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1930 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The Jazz Singer is a 1927 U.S. movie notable for being the first talking motion picture to be widely commercially distributed. ... Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers cartoon series that preceded the Merrie Melodies series, and is both WBs first animated theatrical series and the second longest continuous animated series in any medium. ... An animator is one who is involved in the process of animation. ... Hugh Harman (1908–1982) and Rudolf Rudy Ising (1903–1992) were animators best known for founding the Warner Bros. ... Hugh Harman (1908–1982) and Rudolf Rudy Ising (1903–1992) were animators best known for founding the Warner Bros. ... Bosko is a cartoon character created by animators Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising. ...


Schlesinger was a shrewd businessman with a keen eye for talent. When Harman and Ising left Warner Bros. with Bosko in 1934, Schlesinger set up his own studio on the Warner Bros. lot on Sunset Boulevard. He wooed animators away from other studios, including some of those who had departed with Harman and Ising. One of these was Friz Freleng, who Schlesinger promoted to take over production of Looney Tunes and to develop the sister series, Merrie Melodies. Freleng's talent quickly shone through, and Schlesinger's hiring of Frederick "Tex" Avery, Carl Stalling, and Frank Tashlin further increased the quality of the studio's output. He later added Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, and Mel Blanc to the staff, and collectively, these men would create such famous characters as Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and Bugs Bunny. Schlesinger largely took a "hands off" approach to the animation unit, allowing his directors unbridled freedom to create what they wished. The films just had to do well in the theaters. Schlesinger sold his interest in Pacific Art & Title in 1936 to concentrate on his animation studio. 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sunset Boulevard is a street in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, that stretches from Downtown Los Angeles to Pacific Coast Highway at the Pacific Ocean between Santa Monica and Malibu. ... Isadore Friz Freleng (August 21, 1905–May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers cartoon series that preceded the Merrie Melodies series, and is both WBs first animated theatrical series and the second longest continuous animated series in any medium. ... Merrie Melodies end screen Merrie Melodies is the name of a series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. ... Frederick Bean Tex Avery (February 26, 1908 - August 26, 1980) was an animator and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during the Golden Age of Hollywood. ... Carl W. Stalling (1888–1974) was the most famous composer and arranger of cartoon music. ... Frank Tashlin (February 19, 1913 - May 5, 1972) was an animator, screenwriter, and director. ... Robert Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913–May 4, 1984) was an animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Charles Martin Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912–February 22, American animator, artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Brothers cartoon studio. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc, better known as Mel Blanc, (May 30, 1908 - July 10, 1989) was a famous American voice actor for many animation studios, primarily the Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera studios. ... Porky Pig, as seen in a Looney Tunes cartoon Porky Pig is a animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... Daffy Dumas Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... Bugs has appeared in numerous cartoons including the Looney Tunes series. ...


Schlesinger's hard-nosed business practices cannot be overstated. His animators worked in the dilapidated "Termite Terrace", and Schlesinger briefly shut down the studio in 1941 and 1942 when unionized employees demanded a pay raise. On another occasion, he boycotted the Academy Awards for what he claimed was preferential treatment for Walt Disney Studios. He also farmed some of the Looney Tunes out to his brother-in-law, Ray Katz, for the tax breaks. Schlesinger was also known (among his animators, at least) for his lisp. In fact, Mel Blanc patterned the voices of both Daffy Duck and Sylvester the cat on Schlesinger, something the producer never acknowledged noticing. Animators who worked with him also found him conceited and somewhat foppish, wearing too much cologne and dressing like a dandy, cane and all. Termite Terrace is the nickname for the old building in Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA where Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were first created. ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1942 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... For the theme park in France, see Walt Disney Studios Park The Seven Dwarves Building at the Walt Disney Studios The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California serves as the international headquarters for media conglemorate The Walt Disney Company. ... Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers cartoon series that preceded the Merrie Melodies series, and is both WBs first animated theatrical series and the second longest continuous animated series in any medium. ... Lisp may mean: Lisp programming language Lisp (speech) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Sylvester is a fictional cat who appears in several Looney Tunes cartoons, often chasing Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzalez, or Hippety Hopper. ...


Leon Schlesinger gamely appeared as himself in Freleng's 1940 short You Ought to Be in Pictures, a short that combines live action with animation. In this short, Daffy Duck, angling to become the biggest star in the studio (Bugs Bunny had yet to make his debut), convinces Porky Pig that there is a bigger future in feature films than in cartoons. Porky takes his contention to "the boss" - Schlesinger himself. However, it is still a matter of contention as to whether Leon's voice in the cartoon is his own or an imitation by Mel Blanc, who dubbed the voices for all other characters in the short, cartoon and human alike. In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by flesh-and-blood actors, as opposed to animation. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of...


Schlesinger remained head of the animation studio until 1944 when he sold his assets to Warner Bros. He continued to market the characters until his death in 1949. Schlesinger also produced a number of B-movie Westerns in the 1930s. After Warner Bros. bought Schlesinger's studio, Eddie Selzer assumed Schlesinger's position as producer. 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ... Events and trends Technology Jet engine invented Science Nuclear fission discovered by Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner and Fritz Strassmann Pluto, the ninth planet from the Sun, is discovered by Clyde Tombaugh British biologist Arthur Tansley coins term ecosystem War, peace and politics Socialists proclaim The death of Capitalism Rise to... Edward Eddie Selzer (January 12, 1893 - February 22, 1970) was producer of the Warner Bros. ...


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Schlesinger remained head of the animation studio until 1944 when he sold his assets to Warner Bros. He continued to market the characters until his death in 1949.
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