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LEON SCHLESINGER (May 20, 1884 – December 25, 1949) was an American film producer, remembered for founding Leon Schlesinger
Leon Schlesinger
Studios , which later became the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio, during the Golden Age of American animation . He was also a distant relative of the Warner Brothers. As head of his own studio, Schlesinger served as the producer of Warner's Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
cartoons from 1930, when Schlesinger assumed production from his subcontractors, Harman-Ising , to 1944, when Warner acquired the studio.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life and career

* 2 Schlesinger as businessman

* 2.1 Business practices

* 3 Appearances in shorts * 4 Later life and career * 5 References * 6 External links

EARLY LIFE AND CAREER

Schlesinger was born to a Jewish family in Philadelphia
Philadelphia
. After working at a theater as an usher, songbook agent, actor, and manager (including the Palace Theater in Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York
), he founded Pacific Title & Art Studio in 1919, where most of his business was producing title cards for silent films . As talking pictures ("talkies ") replaced them in 1929 and 1930, Schlesinger looked for ways to capitalize on the new technology and stay in business. Some film historians claim that he helped finance the Warner Brothers' first talkie, The Jazz Singer (1927). He then secured a contract with the studio to produce its brand-new Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
series, and he signed animators Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising to create these cartoons with their Bosko
Bosko
character as the star.

SCHLESINGER AS BUSINESSMAN

Schlesinger was a shrewd businessman with a keen eye for talent. When Harman and Ising left Warner Bros. with Bosko
Bosko
in 1934, Schlesinger set up his own studio on the Warner Bros. Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
lot at the corner of Van Ness and Fernwood. He wooed animators away from other studios, including some of those who had departed with Harman and Ising including Bob Clampett . One of these was Friz Freleng , whom Schlesinger promoted to oversee production of Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and to develop the sister series, Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
. Freleng's talent quickly shone through, and Schlesinger's hiring of Tex Avery , Chuck Jones and Frank Tashlin further increased the quality of the studio's output. He later added Carl Stalling
Carl Stalling
and Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
, and collectively these men created such famous characters as Porky Pig , Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck
and Bugs Bunny . Schlesinger largely took a "hands off" approach to the animation unit, allowing his directors freedom to create what they wished, provided that the resulting films were successful. Schlesinger sold Pacific Title ">

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Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies

STUDIOS

* Harman-Ising Productions (1930–1933) * Leon Schlesinger
Leon Schlesinger
Productions (1933–1944) * Warner Bros. Cartoons (1944–1964) * DePatie–Freleng Enterprises (1964–1967, 1979–1980) * Format Films (1965–1967) * Warner Bros.-Seven Arts (1967–1969) * Chuck Jones Enterprises (1976–1980, 1994–1997) * Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation
(1980–present)

PEOPLE

* Tex Avery * Bea Benaderet * Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
* Bernard B. Brown * Arthur Q. Bryan * John Burton * Daws Butler * Bob Clampett * Cal Dalton * Arthur Davis * David H. DePatie * Earl Duvall * Milt Franklyn * Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
* Friz Freleng * June Foray * Ben Hardaway * Hugh Harman * Ken Harris * William L. Hendricks * Cal Howard * Rudolph Ising * Chuck Jones * Jack King * William Lava * Abe Levitow * Michael Maltese * Frank Marsales * Norman McCabe * Robert McKimson * Tom Palmer * Hawley Pratt * Virgil Ross * Leon Schlesinger * Rod Scribner * Edward Selzer * Norman Spencer * Carl Stalling
Carl Stalling
* Frank Tashlin * Ben Washam

CHARACTERS

* Babbit and Catstello * Barnyard Dawg
Barnyard Dawg
* Beaky Buzzard * Beans * Blacque Jacque Shellacque * Bosko
Bosko
* Buddy * Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
* Bunny and Claude * Cecil Turtle * Charlie Dog * Claude Cat * Clyde Bunny * Colonel Shuffle * Conrad the Cat * Cool Cat * Count Blood Count * The Crusher * Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck
* Egghead Jr. * Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd
* Foghorn Leghorn * Foxy * Gabby Goat * Goofy Gophers * Goopy Geer * Gossamer * Granny * Hatta Mari * Hector the Bulldog * Henery Hawk * Hippety Hopper * Hubie and Bertie * Hugo the Abominable Snowman * Inki * Lola Bunny * Marc Antony and Pussyfoot * Marvin the Martian * Melissa Duck * Merlin the Magic Mouse * Michigan J. Frog * Miss Prissy * Nasty Canasta * Penelope Pussycat * Pepé Le Pew
Pepé Le Pew
* Pete Puma * Petunia Pig * Piggy * Playboy Penguin * Porky Pig * Queen Tyr\'ahnee * Ralph Wolf * Road Runner * Rocky and Mugsy * Sam Sheepdog * Slowpoke Rodriguez * Sniffles * Speedy Gonzales * Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier * Sylvester * Sylvester Jr. * Taz * The Three Bears * Tina Russo * Tweety * Two Curious Puppies * Wile E. Coyote * Willoughby * Witch Hazel * Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam

SHORTS

* 1929–1939 * 1940–1949 * 1950–1959 * 1960–1969 * 1970–present and miscellaneous * Featuring Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
* Featuring Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck
* Featuring Porky Pig * Blue Ribbon reissues * Censored Eleven * Unreleased

TELEVISION

COMPILATIONS

* The Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Show * The Road Runner Show * The Porky Pig Show

ORIGINALS

* Tiny Toon Adventures * Taz-Mania * The Plucky Duck Show * The Sylvester border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

COMPILATIONS

* The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie * The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Movie * Bugs Bunny\'s 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales * Daffy Duck\'s Fantastic Island * Daffy Duck\'s Quackbusters * The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Hall of Fame

MADE FOR VIDEO

* Tweety\'s High-Flying Adventure * Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas * Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run

DOCUMENTARIES

* Bugs Bunny: Superstar * Bugs border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

* Space Jam
Space Jam
* Looney Tunes: Back in Action

MUSIC/SONGS

* "Merrily We Roll Along " * " The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down " * "Powerhouse " * "The Gold Diggers\' Song (We\'re in the Money) " * " Camptown Races "

OTHER

* Video games

* BOOK * CATEGORY

AUTHORITY CONTROL

* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 45766377 * LCCN : n85378903 * IATH : w6nc87r9

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