Throughout his long and successful career as a producer, director and writer, George Schlatter has been responsible for hundreds of hours of television series and specials. He changed the face of television when he created and produced such breakthrough series as LAUGH-IN and REAL PEOPLE. Over the years, George Schlatter has received numerous honors and awards including 25 Emmy Award nominations, five Emmys, three Image Awards, Gdolden Globe Awards, Television Critics Awards, the International Radio & Television "Man of the Year" Award, Directors Guild Award, Producers Guild "Man of The Year" Award, as well as many others. When the Television Academy celebrated its 25th Anniversary they honored him for his outstanding contribution to television. In 1989, he was awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. In 1992 Paul Newman and Frank Sinatra, on behalf of the Scott Newman Center, honored him with a tribute dinner for his showmanship and involvement to so many charitable causes. In 1996, the Museum of Television & Radio did a special tribute to him for his contributions in the world of television.
George Schlatter created and established the AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS, an annual televised event designed to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of comedic actors and performers. "Of all the work I've done, I am perhaps most proud of my involvement in the early careers of performers like Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Roseanne, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, and others who have gone on to greater heights. Working with stars is rewarding, but helping to create stars is the most fulfilling of all accomplishments."
George Schlatter is a veteran of over 40 years in network television. He produced the first 5 years of the Grammy Awards plus series and specials starring Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Eddie Murphy, Cher, Elton John, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Doris Day, Jonathan Winters, Richard Pryor, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, Placido Domingo and scores of others.
In honor of Frank Sinatra's milestone 80th birthday, George. Schlatter produced the Emmy-winning critically acclaimed Special SINATRA 80 YEARS: MY WAY. His recent credits include the AMERICAN COMEDY AWARDS, the AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD SALUTES TO DUSTIN HOFFMAN and to HARRISON FORD, THE 54th PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL OPENING CEREMONIES OF GEORGE W. BUSH, the 2004 LOS ANGELES OPERA ON STAGE GALA starring Placido Domingo and in April, THE JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION INAUGURAL GALA, FINDING A CURE… NANCY REAGAN A LOVE STORY.
Other credits include, the highly successful ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, the Emmy-award winning SAMMY DAVIS, JR's 60th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, MUHAMMAD ALI'S 50th & 60th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS, FRANK SINATRA'S 75th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, the 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE JERRY LEWIS MDA TELETHON, the USO 50th ANNIVERSARY WELCOME HOME AMERICA, the COMEDY HALL OF FAME Specials, A PARTY FOR RICHARD PRYOR, THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS, FRANK, LIZA AND SAMMY: THE ULTIMATE EVENT, the AMERICAN TELEVISION AWARDS and the acclaimed FRANK SINATRA DUETS special.
George is married to former actress Jolene Brand who was a regular on the Ernie Kovacs Show and they have two daughters. Andrea Justine is a champion equestrian rider. Their daughter Maria is an Emmy award winning television producer.