WILLIAM BLINN

Born, Toledo Ohio, 1937. Attended Public schools in Toledo, Ohio.

Attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Graduated '57, Teamed with fellow AADA Graduate Michael Gleason as writing team... moved to California in '60... sold scripts to "Laramie", "Rawhide", "My Favorite Martian", "It's a Man's World"... team split in amiable manner... Blinn spent year as staff writer on "Bonanza"... Following year hired as Story Editor "Here Come The Brides"... Two years there, followed by writing of pilot of "The Interns" and year as Head writer after series sale... "Brian's Song" during following year, followed by producer position on "The Rookies" at Spelling-Goldberg for two and a half seasons... "The New Land" series at Warner Brothers, followed by "Starsky and Hutch" pilot for Spelling-Goldberg. Following year dealt with pilot and development of "Eight is Enough" series... Development of "Roots" for television following year... post "Roots" formed Blinn/Thorpe productions with Producer/Director Jerry Thorpe... Series "American Dream", "The Lazarus Syndrome", "Our House", and "Aaron's Way" followed as Blinn/Thorpe productions... Became Executive Producer "Fame" for following three seasons, then to Disney for three seasons, Movies of the Week, "Davy Crockett", "Polly!", (musical remake of 'Pollyanna') "Polly, Comin' Home!", (sequel to first musical MOW), co-author "Purple Rain" screenplay between "Fame" and Disney service.

Personal: Two children, Christopher and Anneliese... presently chairman Board of Trustees American Academy of Dramatic Arts... chair steering committee Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors... mediocre skier... diligent golfer... dedicated gym rat...

WILLIAM BLINN

SERIES:

Heaven Help Us Creator/Exec. Producer Spelling
Boys Of Twilight Creator/Exec. Producer CBS
Aaron's Way Developer/Exec. Producer NBC
Our House Executive Producer NBC
Bridges To Cross Developer/Exec. Producer CBS
Fame Executive Producer NBC
Lazarus Syndrome Creator/Exec. Producer ABC
American Dream Executive Producer ABC
Eight Is Enough Developer/Producer ABC
Starsky And Hutch Creator ABC
The New Land Creator ABC
The Rookies Developer/Producer ABC
The Interns Creators CBS

MOW'S AND MINI-SERIES

The Boys Next Door Hallmark Hall of Fame
The Beat Goes On FBC
Journey To Justice NBC
Polly Comin' Home NBC
Appearances NBC
Polly NBC
The Outside Woman CBS
All God's Children ABC
A Question Of Love ABC
An Eclipse Of Reason ABC
A Man Called Intrepid CBS
Roots ABC
Brian's Song ABC

FEATURES:

Purple Rain (featuring Prince)

AWARDS:

Brian's Song-Peabody, Emmy, and Writers Guild of America Awards

Roots-Emmy, Humanitas, and Te1evision Critics Awards; WGA Nominee

The New Land-Writers Guild of America Nominee

1996

HALLMARK HALL OF FAME "The Boys Next Door"
CBS MOW/PILOT "Shaughnessy" (AKA "Haven") Writer-Executive Producer
EIGHT IS ENOUGH Writers Guild of America Nominee
A MAN CALLED INTREPID Writers Guild of America Nominee
A QUESTION OF LOVE ACLU A.L. Wirin Award; W.G.A. Nominee
THE ROOKIES N.A.A.C.P. Image Award
ALL GOD'S CHILDREN N.A.A.C.P. Image Award
OUR HOUSE Humanitas Award Nominee
FAME Two Golden Globe Awards, five Emmy Awards; Humanitas and Writers Guild of America Nominee.


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