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Anderson, Jr. to Receive Award from TV Academy


August 31, 2007

Howard A. Anderson, Jr., ASC will receive the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award during Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Primetime Creative Arts celebration on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The award is presented annually in recognition of extraordinary achievements in advancing the art of film technology and filmmaking.

Anderson is being honored by his peers in the television Academy for creating imaginative and seamless visual effects for such memorable television series as I Love Lucy, the original Star Trek, My Favorite Martian, The Untouchables, The Invaders, Dragnet, The Waltons, The Fugitive, Barnaby Jones and The A-Team.

His impressive television credits are just one chapter in the story of his remarkable career. Anderson also created main titles and visual effects for more than 100 films produced for the cinema, including such memorable pictures as Heaven Can Wait, Blazing Saddles, The Body Snatchers, Some Like it Hot, Annie, Superman and the1960 version of Godzilla, Annie and Gray Lady Down. He earned visual effects Oscar nominations for Jack the Giant Killer and Tobruk.

Anderson was the recipient of the Presidents Award at the 18th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration in 2004, which is reserved for individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing the art of filmmaking.Anderson is a second generation filmmaker. He followed a path blazed by his father, Howard A. Anderson Sr., who was hired by Thomas Ince as a still photographer at Culver City Studios in 1918. After Cecil B. DeMille took charge of the studio in 1924, Anderson pioneered the emerging art of visual effects when he created lightning, storm and flood effects for one of the last successful silent films, The King of Kings. He founded the Anderson Special Photographic Effects Company in 1927.

Anderson, Jr. joined the company during the late 1940s as an optical printer operator. He became a member of ASC in 1962. His son, Howard Anderson, III, ASC is keeping the family tradition alive. This is the 90th consecutive year that at least one Howard Anderson is actively engaged in creating magic for movies and television.