Lew Grade

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Lew Grade, Baron Grade, OStJ, KC*SS (25 December 1906 – 13 December 1998), born Louis Winogradsky, was a British media proprietor and impresario.wikipedia
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ITC Entertainment

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The Incorporated Television Company (ITC; commonly known as ITC Entertainment) was formed with this specific objective in mind.
Television mogul Lew Grade set up the Incorporated Television Programme Company (ITP) with Prince Littler and Val Parnell in 1954.

Thunderbirds (TV series)

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Grade had some success in this field with such series as Gerry Anderson's various Supermarionation series such as Thunderbirds, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner, and Jim Henson's The Muppet Show. Co-founded by Gerry Anderson, AP Films produced the children's marionette puppet ("Supermarionation") series during the 1960s, Thunderbirds (1965–66), and (as Century 21), Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–68).
Two series were filmed, comprising a total of thirty-two 50-minute episodes; production ceased following the completion of the second series' sixth episode when Lew Grade, the Andersons' financial backer, failed in his efforts to sell the programme to American network television.

Gerry Anderson

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Grade had some success in this field with such series as Gerry Anderson's various Supermarionation series such as Thunderbirds, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner, and Jim Henson's The Muppet Show. Co-founded by Gerry Anderson, AP Films produced the children's marionette puppet ("Supermarionation") series during the 1960s, Thunderbirds (1965–66), and (as Century 21), Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–68).
Following a shift towards live action productions in the 1970s, he had a long and successful association with media impresario Lew Grade and Grade's company ITC, continuing until the second series of Space: 1999.

The Prisoner

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Grade had some success in this field with such series as Gerry Anderson's various Supermarionation series such as Thunderbirds, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner, and Jim Henson's The Muppet Show. These series included The Saint (1962–69), which was sold to over 80 countries, and two featuring Patrick McGoohan: Danger Man (1960–68) and The Prisoner (1967–68).
It was produced by Everyman Films for distribution by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment company.

The Muppet Show

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Grade had some success in this field with such series as Gerry Anderson's various Supermarionation series such as Thunderbirds, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner, and Jim Henson's The Muppet Show.
While neither episode was moved forward as a series and other networks in the United States rejected Henson's proposals, British producer Lew Grade expressed interest in the project and agreed to co-produce The Muppet Show for ATV.

Leslie Grade

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Isaak worked as a trouser-presser while his three sons (Grade and his younger brothers, Bernard (later Bernard Delfont) and Leslie) attended the Rochelle Street Elementary School near Shoreditch, where Yiddish was spoken by 90% of the pupils.
In 1943, he co-founded the Grade Organisation (also known as Lew and Leslie Grade Ltd) with his elder brother, the impresario and producer Lew Grade (1906–98).

Bernard Delfont

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Isaak worked as a trouser-presser while his three sons (Grade and his younger brothers, Bernard (later Bernard Delfont) and Leslie) attended the Rochelle Street Elementary School near Shoreditch, where Yiddish was spoken by 90% of the pupils.
His brothers Lew Grade and Leslie Grade also entered showbusiness.

Patrick McGoohan

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Grade had some success in this field with such series as Gerry Anderson's various Supermarionation series such as Thunderbirds, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner, and Jim Henson's The Muppet Show. These series included The Saint (1962–69), which was sold to over 80 countries, and two featuring Patrick McGoohan: Danger Man (1960–68) and The Prisoner (1967–68).
Soon, production executive Lew Grade approached McGoohan about a television series in which he would play a spy named John Drake.

Jim Henson

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Grade had some success in this field with such series as Gerry Anderson's various Supermarionation series such as Thunderbirds, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner, and Jim Henson's The Muppet Show.
Then Henson pitched the show to British impresario Lew Grade to finance the show.

Media proprietor

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Lew Grade, Baron Grade, OStJ, KC*SS (25 December 1906 – 13 December 1998), born Louis Winogradsky, was a British media proprietor and impresario.

London Palladium

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The brothers became the main bookers of artists for the London Palladium in 1948, then managed by Val Parnell for the Moss Empires Group owned by the family of Prince Littler.
The building now carries Heritage Foundation commemorative plaques honouring Lew Grade and Frankie Vaughan.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV series)

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Meanwhile, Grade committed the funds for what would become the first trans-Atlantic success of the ITP subsidiary: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955–60), commissioned by UK-based American producer Hannah Weinstein.
The programme was produced by Sapphire Films Ltd for ITC Entertainment, filmed at Nettlefold Studios with some location work, and was the first of many pre-filmed shows commissioned by Lew Grade.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

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ITC became a wholly owned ATV subsidiary in 1957, That same year ATV established a music publishing division with ATV Music and gained a half interest in Pye Records in 1959, later Pye became a wholly owned subsidiary.
Associated Television (ATV) was a British television broadcasting company founded in 1955 by Lew Grade.

Man in a Suitcase

While many of Grade's series used American actors in lead roles (The Baron and Man in a Suitcase, for example) it was those series which used an exclusively British cast, such as The Saint (and The Avengers, made by another ITV contractor), which were more successful in the United States.
Man in a Suitcase is a British television private eye thriller series produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment.

Danger Man

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These series included The Saint (1962–69), which was sold to over 80 countries, and two featuring Patrick McGoohan: Danger Man (1960–68) and The Prisoner (1967–68).
Danger Man was financed by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment.

Tokmak, Zaporizhia Oblast

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Grade was born in Tokmak, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire to Isaak and Olga Winogradsky.

Tonight at the London Palladium

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Reflecting his background in variety, Grade's favourite show and a success for the new company was Sunday Night at the London Palladium (1955–67, 1973–74), one of the most popular programmes on British television in its day.
In 1967, the head of ATV, Lew Grade, axed the show.

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

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Co-founded by Gerry Anderson, AP Films produced the children's marionette puppet ("Supermarionation") series during the 1960s, Thunderbirds (1965–66), and (as Century 21), Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–68).
When talks to find an American broadcaster for Thunderbirds fell through in July 1966, production on the series' second season ended with the completion of just six episodes at the behest of Lew Grade, APF's financer at distributor ITC.

Moss Empires

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The brothers became the main bookers of artists for the London Palladium in 1948, then managed by Val Parnell for the Moss Empires Group owned by the family of Prince Littler.
In 1964, Stoll Moss was acquired by Lew Grade; it later became part of his Associated Communications Corporation.

Trapped in the Sky

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After a screening of the pilot for Thunderbirds ("Trapped in the Sky", 1964), Grade insisted that the episodes be lengthened to fill a one-hour slot.
Lew Grade, head of distributor ITC Entertainment, was so pleased with the finished pilot that he instructed APF to extend all Thunderbirds episodes to 50 minutes, which necessitated the writing of "filler" scenes and subplots.

Boundary Estate

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For two years the Winogradskys lived in rented rooms at the north end of Brick Lane, before moving to the nearby Boundary Estate.
The impresarios and brothers Lew Grade and Bernard Delfont (born Winogradsky) moved to the Boundary Estate in 1914, from nearby Brick Lane and attended Rochelle Street School.

UFO (TV series)

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Anderson moved to live action science fiction shows UFO (1969–71) and Space: 1999 (1975–77).
It was created by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill, and produced by the Andersons and Lew Grade's Century 21 Productions for Grade's ITC Entertainment company.

The Julie Andrews Hour

Some of the 1970s distributions performed poorly: these included The Julie Andrews Hour (1972–1973), which aired for only one season on the ABC Television Network in the United States.
In order to secure Andrews, Sir Lew Grade and ABC offered her a generous five year contract which included not only Andrews starring in a weekly television variety show, but also allowing her to do films.

The Persuaders!

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The action shows The Protectors (1972–74) and The Persuaders! (1971–72), were not especially successful.
The show has been called "the last major entry in the cycle of adventure series that began 11 years earlier with Danger Man in 1960", as well as "the most ambitious and most expensive of Sir Lew Grade's international action adventure series".

The Protectors

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The action shows The Protectors (1972–74) and The Persuaders! (1971–72), were not especially successful.
It was produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment production company.