GIMBEL, a Yale graduate and former Air Force pilot with 41 combat missions
to his credit, began his professional career as a newspaperman in Dayton,
Ohio. From there, he went to RCA Victor Television as a copy and creative
chief where he remained for five years before joining NBC as a Production
Executive and Executive Producer for daytime programming. Following this
assignment he produced THE TONIGHT SHOW and later produced the 90-minute
TONIGHT specials, of which the JACK PARR show and the ERNIE KOVACS show were
two of the productions which later became series.
As one of television’s top producers, he was responsible for such
programming as THE HOUSE ON HIGH STREET, a dramatic series; THE BING
CROSBY/MARY MARTIN special; THE DEAN MARTIN special, which resulted in a
successful Dean Martin series; C’EST LA ROSE starring Princess Grace, and a
musical special starring Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni and Peter
Sellers. All in all, he produced over 500 shows and films.
In 1969, Gimbel produced and co-packaged THE GLENN CAMPBELL GOODTIME HOUR
for CBS, and in 1971, he was named Vice President in charge of Production
for TOMORROW ENTERTAINMENT, INC., a newly formed subsidiary of General
Electric, and was responsible for starting the new television version of
General Electric Theater. As Executive Producer, his productions garnered
many awards, including: 4 Christopher Awards, 2 Humanitas, 2 Monte Carlo
Film Festival Awards and 18 Emmy Awards, including one to him personally for
– A WAR OF CHILDREN (1973), the best single program, drama or comedy of the
In 1976, he became the first President and Chief Operating Officer of EMI
TELEVISION PROGRAMS, INC., a London based conglomerate venturing into films
and television in America. During that period, Gimbel served as Executive
Producer on 30 Roger Gimbel productions, including two features: LADY ICE,
starring Donald Sutherland and Robert Drake; THE DION BROTHERS with Fred
Faucet and the television films THE AMAZING HOWARD HUGHES with Tommy Lee
Jones and SOS TITANIC which became a feature as well.
In January 1984, what was now THORN EMI became Peregrine Entertainment,
Ltd., and Gimbel was named President and CEO of Peregrine Producers Group,
Inc., where he served as Executive Producer on films for television and
In 1992, Gimbel was President and Executive Producer of Carolco/Gimbel
Productions, then Multimedia Motion Pictures, where his projects included
Larry McMurtry’s MONTANA starring Richard Crenna and Gena Rowlands for
Turner Network Television and SHATTERED DREAMS starring Lindsay Wagner for
He then went on to make CHERNOBYL: THE FINAL WARNNG starring Jon Voight and
Jason Robards for Turner Network Television. This film was the recipient of
the prestigious Environmental Media Award for 1991. Gimbel followed this
with DESPERATE RESCUE: THE CATHY MAHONE STORY for NBC starring Muriel
Hemingway and Clancy Brown; MURDER BETWEEN FRIENDS, a real life drama for
NBC starring Timothy Busfield, Stephen Lang and Martin Kemp, and A PERFECT
MOTHER starring Tyne Daly in the 1997 season.
In June 1992, Gimbel was honored by the American Film Institute and
presented with the Telefeature PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Award. This award is
given in recognition of distinguished service and contribution toward
advancing the art of film and television.
In 1998, the "Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors" named Gimbel
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR for his body of work in movies.
Presently, Roger Gimbel operates independently, and he is preparing two
movies: SYNANON – A MIRACLE ON THE BEACH and RACHEL CARSON’S SILENT SPRING.