Emmy Award winning Bob Finkel got his start in
Hollywood writing scripts for Wild West features at $50 each.
From that beginning, he went on to three Emmys and the coveted
Peabody Award for his work in television. Finkel was one of four
executive producers under exclusive contract to the NBC
Television Network. (The others were Sheldon Leonard, David
Dortort and Norman Felton.) The prolific producer has mainly been
associated with variety shows, including four years as producer
of "The Andy Williams Show". He also helmed "The
Perry Como Show", "The Dinah Shore Show",
"The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show", "The George
Goebel Show", "The Pearl Bailey Show", "The
Jerry Lewis Show", and "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller
Show". Finkel occasionally returns to his first
love-Directing - with some of those shows being: "Circus of
the Stars", "The Winning Hand", "McMillan
& Wife", "The Bob Newhart Show", "Barney
Miller", and on the live stage with "The Hasty
Heart", at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre and the Kennedy
Center in Washington.
Finkel captured the Peabody Award for the
widely acclaimed "The Julie Andrews Show", as well as
the European Festival Award-- the 'Silver Rose of Montreaux'. He
served as Executive Producer for "Elvis", the first
television special starring Elvis Presley. Finkel has also
produced numerousspecials. They have included four John Davidson
Specials, two specials with John Denver, as well as many others
including Jimmy McNichols, Wayne Newton, Liberace and Chevy
Recent special projects include directing
"The Winning Hand", with Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson,
Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash, and producing a three-hour
extravaganza for ABC honoring the 1984 Olympics which aired the
evening prior to the opening ceremonies. He has served as
producer for thirteen years on the highly successful "Circus
of the Stars", and in 1985 took the added hat as director.
Finkel's three Emmys were for "The Andy
Williams Show". He has been nominated ten times for various
shows as producer and twice for writing. He has also produced the
Emmy Awards Telecast eleven times and the Academy Awards show
twice. He has received acclaim for his ten year role in guiding
"The People's Choice Awards" shows into becoming a
model for similar shows.
A recognized leader as a producer, Finkel was
elected president of the Producer's Guild of America in 1969. He
presently serves on the Board of the Producer's Guild of America
and the elite Caucus of the Producers, Directors and writers.
Finkel was born and educated in his native
Pittsburgh, PA. During high school and college (B.A. in Drama,
Carnegie Mellon University), he toured the Keith Circuit as a
dancer and served variously as resident director of the Wharf
Theatre in Provincetown, MA., and art director/lighting manager
for the Pittsburgh Light Opera Company.
Then Finkel ventured to Hollywood and found
himself doing western scripts. From this springboard, he moved to
a post as assistant producer at Republic Studios.
When World War II erupted, Finkel enlisted in
the Army Signal Corps. He earned a field commission while
attached Merrills Marauders in the China-Burma-India
theatre, where he received a Unit Citation Award and two Bronze
Battle Stars in the Burma Campaign.
Following his discharge, Finkel returned to
Hollywood and took a position as production manager for the
Coronet and Las Palmas Theatres. It was at the Las Palmas that he
produced the acclaimed "Lend An Ear" which subsequently
went to Broadway and launched the careers of Carol Channing and
Gower Champion. He was then hired by ABC as that network's first
television director in Los Angeles, was moved to Revue
Productions as a director and then to NBC-TV as a
Currently, Finkel heads his own company, Teram
Productions, packaging television series, specials and motion
pictures. Some of Teram's recent offerings are: "Have You
Seen My Son?"(MOW), "The Grizzly Bear Murders"
(MOW - working title),"Columbia Pictures' 50th Anniversary
Special," "The Muhammed Ali Variety Special,"
"Miss U.S.A. Pageant," "Miss Universe
Pageant," "The Ted Knight Musical Comedy Variety
Special," "The World of Entertainment," "The
Olympic Gala" and "The Great American Celebrity Road
At one time, Finkel belonged to 27
organizations and was aboard member of eight of them. They
included, (he is still being active in many), The Producer's
Guild of America, The Writers Guild of America, The Directors
Guild of America, The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences,
American Federation of Musicians, Actors Equity, The Association
of Stage Directors & Choreographers, Varsity Clan of Carnegie
Mellon University, The University's West Coast Drama Alumni
Association, and the Advisory Board, of the Television, Radio and
Film Department of Stephens College in Columbia, MO. as well as
Alpha Epsilon Rho, the National Radio-Television Fraternity.
In other areas, Finkel has served on the
Hollywood Office of Economic Opportunity, Masons, Variety Clubs
and was an alternate delegate to the Democratic Convention and
was an entertainment director in the 1968 Robert Kennedy
Campaign. He currently serves on the Olympic Citizens Advisory
Committee and the Carnegie Mellon Admissions Advisory Council.
Besides receiving the highest awards given in
his profession, Finkel has been honored throughout his life for
his work and activities. The Chinese Government gave him their
Citation Medal for his service in WWII, Carnegie Mellon
University Alumni has given him a Merit Award, and this year he
was awarded "The Distinguished Achievement Award"-
their highest Alumni award. The City of Hope has bestowed him its
"Heart of the World" award. The Florida Drama Critic's
recently Gave him their Carbonnel Award for Best Director for
"The Hasty Heart" at the Burt Reynold Theater.
Finkel believes it is important to share his
knowledge with today's students. He has taught for two years at
UCLA, taught classes at USC, conducted a seminar for the American
Film Institute, and just served on the Producer's Guild Panel for
the 1985 Show Biz Expo. Finkel and his wife, Jane, reside in Los
Angeles. They have two daughters, Terry Lee and Pamela Ann.