GERALD W. ABRAMS|
Gerald W. Abrams began his television career in 1965, with WCBS TV as an account executive, and worked his way up through CBS Television national sales to head the West Coast Sales Department in 1971. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed General Sales Manager of KCBS, the CBS-owned station in Los Angeles.
In 1973, Abrams joined The Jozak Company as Vice President of Creative Affairs, and segued into his producing career by producing a GE Theater Presentation "The Secret Life of John Chapman." While with Jozak, a few of the projects Abrams executive-produced were "James Dean, Portrait Of A Friend," "Red Alert," the Emmy award-winning "The Defection Of Simas Kudirka," starring Alan Arkin, and the ABC series "Julie Farr, M.D."
Abrams formed his own company, Cypress Point Productions, in 1978. Through Cypress Point, he executive-produced "Flesh And Blood," starring John Cassavetes and Denzel Washington, "Letters From Frank," starring Art Carney, "The Gift" starring Glenn Ford, "Act Of Love," starring Ron Howard and Mickey Rourke, "Berlin Tunnel 21," starring Richard Thomas, "Marian Rose White," starring Katherine Ross and Valerie Perri, the CBS series "Cutter To Houston," starring Alec Baldwin, "Found Money," starring Dick Van Dyke and Sid Caesar, "Scorned And Swindled," starring Tuesday Weld, and the Emmy award-winning "Florence Nightingale," "A Woman Called Golda," starring Ingrid Bergman for Operation Primetime.
In addition to his television credits, Abrams was also the executive producer of "Hearts Of Fire," a theatrical film for Lorimar, starring Bob Dylan and Rupert Everett.
Abrams formed Phoenix Entertainment Group with Gerald Isenberg in July of 1985. In February of 1989, Phoenix was acquired by The Hearst Corporation and renamed Hearst Entertainment Productions.
Abrams was also the producer of the four-hour miniseries, "Monte Carlo," shot entirely on location in France, and executive-producer of "A Father's Revenge," for ABC, which was filmed in Berlin, starring Brian Dennehy and Joanna Cassidy. Also in '89, he executive-produced the two-hour movie for ABC and London Weekend Television, "Jekyll & Hyde," starring Michael Caine and Cheryl Ladd, filmed on location in England, which was followed by "Daughter Of Darkness," starring Anthony Perkins, which was filmed in Budapest, Hungary, for CBS. Abrams also executive produced "Family of Spies" the five-hour mini-series for CBS starring Powers Boothe and Lesley Ann Warren for which she was nominated for an Emmy.
Abrams served on the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society from 1982 to 1984, and has remained a very active alumnus of The Pennsylvania State University, having served on the Alumni Council and on the Board of Advisors to The College of Communications. In 1984, he was made an Alumni Fellow and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1986. Additionally, he served on the Alumni Board of Directors for The College of Communications.
Next, through his company Cypress Point Productions, Mr. Abrams executive produced "Black and Blue," based on Pulitzer Prize winning author Anna Quindlen’s best selling novel, as well as "Nuremberg," a four-hour mini-series for Turner Network Television starring Alec Baldwin and Brian Cox, which was nominated for both the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards, and "Second Honeymoon" starring Roma Downey and Tim Matheson for CBS. Following the critical success of those films, Mr. Abrams Executive produced the Hallmark Channel’s "A Christmas Visitor."
This year, Mr. Abrams executive produced "44 Minutes," the FX Network’s highest rated show in its nine-year history as well as the Emmy winning "Out of the Ashes" for Showtime starring Christine Lahti and directed by Joseph Sargent.
In the coming months, ABC will air "The Mystery of Natalie Wood" executive produced by Mr. Abrams and based on Suzanne Finstad’s biography of Natalie Wood. Additionally, Abrams is developing many other high profile projects including "See Arnold Run" with Michael Goldstein about the historic California recall election for A&E.
Gerald’s wife, Carol Abrams, is a Peabody Award winning producer and co-author of "Shared Memories." They have two children, J.J. Abrams, who has written and produced the motion picture "Regarding Henry," wrote "Forever Young," "Armageddon," and is the creator and Executive Producer of the television series "Felicity" and "Alias," and Tracy Abrams, a screenwriter who has written for series television.