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Under the leadership of Mark Wolper, THE WOLPER ORGANIZATION has been responsible for over 500 films, which have won more than 150 awards, including two Oscars, 50 Emmys, seven Golden Globes, five Peabody’s, and recognition and retrospectives from Cannes and other respected international film festivals.

DOCUMENTARIES
The Wolpers’ first and continuing love is with the documentary. Beginning in 1958, David L. Wolper created The Wolper Organization to produce the Oscar-nominated The Race for Space, narrated by Mike Wallace. Such prestigious theatrical and television documentaries as The Making of the President (1960), winner of five Emmys; The Making of the President 1964 and 1968; A Nation of Immigrants (1967), based on John F. Kennedy’s book; The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971), winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary Film and an award at the Cannes Film Festival; This Is Elvis (1980); and Imagine: John Lennon (1988). The Wolpers also produced the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

The Wolper Organization originated such documentary series as National Geographic, Biography, Jacques Cousteau Specials, David Wolper Presents…Plimpton!, American Heritage and Primal Man

Mark Wolper looks at 'reality' as just a new name for 'documentary'.  Some of Mark Wolper's earliest professional experience included producing forty-four episodes of the original Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  Since the mid-2000's, Mark has guided The Wolper Organization into becomming one of the premiere non-scripted television production entities, producing Emmy-nominated fare such as  Penn & Teller: BULLSH*T! and Instant Beauty Pageant.  Having just completed its eigth season, the four-time-Emmy-nominated Penn & Teller: BULLSH*T! has become Showtime's longest-running series.  Instant Beauty Pageant ran for three season on Style and was nominated for an Emmy.

The Wolpers have produced over forty episodes of the hit reality series, Bait Car, on Tru TV.  For A&E, The Wolper Organization produced God or the Girl, a series following five potential seminarians and their journey to the decision to join the priesthood, or not and L.A. Gangs, about the LA Sheriffs Dept.'s gang intervention unit. Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End is a two hour primetime special for NBC shot in the Caribbean with the talented pair performing a magic show underwater. Earth Angel, a sort of "positive Punk'd" special that sought out worthy people who have made an unusual and selfless contribution to their fellow man, was produced and broadcast on Lifetime. Also for Showtime, Mark Wolper produced a documentary on medical marijuana titled In Pot We Trust.  At the end of the last century, the Wolpers produced Legends, Icons and Superstars of the 20th Century for Discovery on People, and Celebrate the Century for CNN.

PILOTS/DEVELOPMENT
Currently, Mark Wolper is producing a number of pilots and presentations for various networks, including How Many People Does it Take To? for History, Human Trafficking (in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security) for Showtime and Behind the Sign for Lifetime.

Past pilots and presentations include Back to High School for CBS, Wild Life for ABC Cable Networks, The Greatest Show on Earth, U.S. Marshals and Yonkers P.D. for TNT, , Unmarried to the Mob for TBS, Dressed to Close for Style,  Love Decoys for Tru TV, ROOTS: The Journey Home for Discovery and Eath Angel for Lifetime, Inside the Mind of Robin Williams, Love on the Run and Project X for Showtime, Holy Joe for The WB, G.A.M.E. for Spike, Trial by Jury for NBC and Secrets of a Small Town for FX.

FEATURE FILMS
The Wolper Organization, through an ongoing relationship with WARNER BROS., has produced many landmark films and television projects. Our most recent feature release was 1997’s critically acclaimed L.A. Confidential, a film about corruption in the early years of the LAPD, based on James Ellroy’s novel, starring Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, and Kim Basinger. L.A. Confidential was chosen Best Picture by the NY Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, garnered five Golden Globe nominations, including best picture, and won two Oscars; one for Best Supporting Actress and one for Best Screenplay. The Wolper Organization has also produced, among others, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1972), Murder in the First (1994) starring Kevin Bacon, Christian Slater and Gary Oldman, and Surviving Picasso (1996), in association with Merchant/Ivory and starring Anthony Hopkins.

LONGFORM LEGACY
The Wolper Organization’s greatest achievements are in the arena of television longform. After creating the miniseries, The Wolper Organization mastered the form, creating some of the most acclaimed and highest rated programming of all time. Roots (1977, ABC), a 12-hour miniseries tracing Alex Haley’s ancestry, and Roots: The Next Generation (1978, ABC) a 14-hour miniseries that concludes Alex Haley’s story, are the two highest rated programs in television and won a total of 11 Emmys. The Thorn Birds (1983), a 10-hour miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain won six Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes and is still among the top ten most watched programs in Television history. In 1985 and 1986, The Wolper Organization produced North and South for ABC, a 24-hour miniseries based on John Jakes’ best-selling novels about the friendship between a Northern industrial family and a Southern plantation family prior to and throughout the Civil War. In 1994, the saga continued in the six-hour miniseries for ABC, Heaven and Hell. Alex Haley’s saga was revisited in Roots Christmas: Kunta Kinte’s Gift (1988, ABC), and in the four-hour miniseries Queen (1993) for CBS. Staring Halle Berry, Danny Glover, Martin Sheen, Anne-Margret and Ossie Davis, Queen chronicles the story of Alex Haley’s paternal grandmother.

In addition to such event programming, The Wolper Organization has produced numerous movies for television including The Court-Martial of Lt. William Calley (1974); Collision Course: Truman Vs. MacArthur (1975); Victory at Entebbe! (1976), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas; Agatha Christie’s Murder Is Easy (1982, CBS); The Betty Ford Story (1987, ABC) which won an Emmy for star Gena Rowlands; Murder in Mississippi (1989, NBC) starring Tom Hulce; When You Remember Me (1990, ABC), starring Ellen Burstyn; Dillinger (1990, ABC), starring Mark Harmon; A Bed of Lies, starring Susan Dey; and Marina’s Story, starring Helena Bonham Carter, which chronicled the life of Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife.

In the late 1990s, the Wolpers produced A Will of Their Own, the sweeping story of women’s progress in 20th century America, and To Serve and Protect, a contemporary look at three generations of Texas Rangers, both for NBC. The Wolper Organization transformed the fantasy bestseller The Mists of Avalon into an epic TNT miniseries starring Julianna Margulies, Anjelica Huston, and Joan Allen. In the hands of director Uli Edel (Last Exit to Brooklyn), this $20 million production handsomely conjures up the mystical Isle of Avalon as it retells the Arthurian Legend from a female perspective. The project garnered 9 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries as well as Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nods for both Huston and Allen.

Two distinctive Wolper projects aired in 2004. In May, Wolper produced writer/director John Gray's compelling re-interpretation of Vincent Bugliosi's harrowing book, Helter Skelter, based on Bugliosi's account of prosecuting the Charles Manson murders. In June, TNT aired the four-hour adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot, adapted by Peter Filardi (Flatliners) and starring Rob Lowe - the highest rated longform on cable this year, in a debut that beat the major networks in the ratings. In 2005, Wolper produced Snow Wonder, a magical and romantic Christmas movie, written by Rodney Vaccaro, and produced for CBS with Created By and Ragna Nervik. For NBC, Mark Wolper produced a remake of the Rankin-Bass Christmas classic The Year without a Santa Claus into a live-action holiday event for December 2006. Most recently, a remake of the 1976 film Sybil was produced for CBS.

 

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2010'S

2012 BAIT CAR
2012 HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE
2011 BAIT CAR
2010 BAIT CAR
2010 PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT - SEASON 8

2000'S

2009 PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT - SEASON 7
2008 SYBIL
2008 PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT - SEASON 6
2007 IN POT WE TRUST
2007 PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT - SEASON 5
2006 THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
2006- 2009 INSTANT BEAUTY PAGEANT
2006 GOD OR THE GIRL
2005 PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT - SEASON 4
2005 EARTH ANGELS
2005 SNOW WONDER
2005 PENN & TELLER: OFF THE DEEP END
2004 'SALEM'S LOT
2004 HELTER SKELTER
2004 PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT - SEASON 3
2003 PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT! - SEASONS 1 & 2
2003 EVIL NEVER DIES
2002 ROOTS: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS
2001 THE MISTS OF AVALON
2000 FRIENDS OR LOVERS?

1990'S

1999 CONFIRMATION: THE HARD EVIDENCE
        OF ALIENS AMONG US?
1999 TO SERVE AND PROTECT
1999 CELEBRATE THE CENTURY
1998 TERROR AT THE MALL
1998 WARNER BROS. 75TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
1998 WARNER BROS. 75TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
1998 A WILL OF THEIR OWN
1998 LEGENDS, ICONS AND SUPERSTARS
1997 L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
1996 THORN BIRDS, THE : THE MISSING YEARS
1996 SURVIVING PICASSO
1995 PRINCE FOR A DAY
1994 ON TRIAL
1994 GOLF - THE GREATEST GAME
1994 HEROES OF THE GAME
1994 WITHOUT WARNING
1994 MURDER IN THE FIRST
1993 CELEBRATION OF A LIFE:
          Steven J. Ross, Chairman of Time Warner
1993 RIVER OF RAGE: THE TEXAS FLOOD TRAGEDY - THE FLOOD: WHO WILL SAVE OUR CHILDREN?
1993 HEAVEN AND HELL: NORTH & SOUTH III
1992 CELEBRATIONS
1992 FATAL DECEPTION:
          MRS. LEE HARVEY OSWALD
1991 BEST OF THE WORST
1991 BED OF LIES
1990 WARNER BROS. CELEBRATION OF TRADITION
1990 DILLINGER
1990 WHEN YOU REMEMBER ME
1990 QUEEN

1980'S

1989 THE PLOT TO KILL HITLER
1989 MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI
1988 WHAT PRICE VICTORY
1988 IMAGINE: JOHN LENNON
1988 ROOTS: THE GIFT
1987 THE BETTY FORD STORY
1987 NAPOLEON AND JOSEPHINE: A LOVE STORY
1986 NORTH AND SOUTH - BOOK II
1986 LIBERTY WEEKEND
1985 NORTH AND SOUTH - BOOK I
1984 HIS MISTRESS
1984 XXIIIrd OLYMPIAD, LOS ANGELES 1984
1982 THE MYSTIC WARRIOR
1982 CASABLANCA
1981 THIS IS ELVIS
1981 HOLLYWOOD: THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER
1981 SMALL WORLD
1981 MURDER IS EASY
1980 THE MAN WHO SAW TOMORROW:
          NOSTRADAMUS
1980 MOVIOLA
1980 THE THORN BIRDS

1970'S

1978 ROOTS: ONE YEAR LATER
1978 ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATIONS
1977 ROOTS
1976 BRENDA STARR
1976 COLLISION COURSE
1976 CELEBRATION: THE AMERICAN SPIRIT
1976 THE UNEXPLAINED
1976 VICTORY AT ENTEBBE!
1976 MYSTERIES OF THE GREAT PYRAMIDS
1975-1976 WELCOME BACK, KOTTER
1975 DEATH STALK
1975 I WILL FIGHT NO MORE, FOREVER
1974-1976 CHICO AND THE MAN
1974-1975 GET CHRISTIE LOVE!
1974-1975 SMITHSONIAN SPECIALS
1974-1975 SANDBURG'S LINCOLN
1974 THIS WEEK IN THE NBA
1974 NBA GAME OF THE WEEK FEATURETTES
1974 GET CHRISTIE LOVE!
1974 JUDGMENT SPECIALS
1974 THE MORNING AFTER
1974 UNWED FATHER
1974 MEN OF THE DRAGON
1974 THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT
1974 LOVE FROM A TO Z
1974 BIRDS DO IT, BEES DO IT
1974 THE ANIMAL WITHIN
1974 YES VIRGINA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS
1973-1974 PRIMAL MAN SPECIALS
1973-1975 THE AMERICAN HERITAGE SPECIALS
1973 THE 500 POUND JERK
1973 WATTSTAX
1973 VISIONS OF EIGHT
1972-1973 EXPLORERS
1972 KING, QUEEN, KNAVE!
1972 ONE IS A LONELY NUMBER
1972 HERE COMES TOMORROW
1972 REPUBLICAN PARTY FILMS
1972 MAKE MINE RED, WHITE AND BLUE
1972 TOP OF THE MONTH (3 half-hour specials)
1972 OF THEE I SING
1971-1973 APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY
1971 SAY GOODBYE
1971 THEY'VE KILLED PRESIDENT LINCOLN
1971 THEY'VE KILLED PRESIDENT LINCOLN
1971 THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE
1971 WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
1970-1972 THE PLIMPTON SPECIALS
1970 THE UNFINISHED JOURNEY OF
         ROBERT F. KENNEDY
1970 I LOVE MY WIFE

1960'S

1969 THE BRIDGE AT REMAGEN
1969 IF IT'S TUESDAY, THIS MUST BE BELGIUM
1969 LOS ANGELES: WHERE IT?S AT
1968 RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH
1968 THE DANGEROUS YEARS
1968 CALIFORNIA
1968 WITH LOVE, SOPHIA
1968 MONTE CARLO C'EST LA ROSE
1968 SOPHIA: A SELF PORTRAIT
1968 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ICE CAPADES 1968, THE
1968 ON THE TRAIL OF STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE
1968 HOLLYWOOD: THE SELZNICK YEARS
1968 THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE
1968 THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT: 1968
1967-1968 DO BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN?
1967-1968 THE UNDERSEA WORLD OF
          JACQUES COUSTEAU
1967 THE BIG LAND
1967 A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS
1967 UNTAMED WORLD
1967 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO
          HOLLYWOOD
1967 MOVIN' WITH NANCY
1966-1968 THE WORLD OF ANIMALS
1966 WALL STREET WHERE THE MONEY IS
1966 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO
          THE WHITE HOUSE
1966 DESTINATION SAFETY
1966 CHINA: ROOTS OF MADNESS
1966 THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT:1964
1965-1975 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIALS
1965-1966 THE MARCH OF TIME
1965 FOUR DAYS IN NOVEMBER
1965 FRANCE: CONQUEST TO LIBERATION
1965 KOREA: THE 38TH PARALLEL
1965 PRELUDE TO WAR (Beginning of World War II)
1965 JAPAN: A NEW DAWN OVER ASIA
1965 007: THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF
          JAMES BOND
1965 LET MY PEOPLE GO (The Story of Israel)
1965 OCTOBER MADNESS: The World Series
1965 RACE FOR THE MOON
1965 MISS TELEVISION U.S.A.
1965 THE REALLY BIG FAMILY
1965 REVOLUTION IN OUR TIME
1965 THE BOLD MEN
1965 THE GENERAL
1965 THE TEENAGE REVOLUTION
1965 THE WAY OUT MEN
1965 IN SEARCH OF MAN
1965 PRO FOOTBALL: Mayhem on a Sunday...
1965 REVOLUTION IN THE 3 R'S
1965 THE THIN BLUE LINE
1965 IN SEARCH OF MAN
1965 SILENT PARTNERS
1964 THE LEGEND OF MARILYN MONROE
1964 THE QUEST FOR PEACE
1964 A THOUSAND DAYS: John Fitzgerald Kennedy
1964 MEN IN CRISIS
1963-1964 SPECIALS FOR UNITED ARTISTS
1963 HOLLYWOOD AND THE STARS
1963 ESCAPE TO FREEDOM
1963 KREBOIZEN AND CANCER
1963 THE PASSING YEARS
1963 THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT: 1960
1962 HOLLYWOOD: THE GREAT STARS
1962 HOLLYWOOD: THE FABULOUS ERA
1962 D-DAY JUNE 6, 1944
1962 BIOGRAPHY
1962-1963 STORY OF...
1961 THE RAFER JOHNSON STORY
1961 BIOGRAPHY OF A ROOKIE: Willie Davis
1960 HOLLYWOOD: THE GOLDEN YEARS

1950'S

1959 PROJECT: MAN IN SPACE
1958 MEN FROM BOYS - THE FIRST EIGHT WEEKS
1958 THE RACE FOR SPACE
1955 Congressional Investigator
1954 Grand Ole Opry - DISTRIBUTOR
1954 O.S.S.
1954 Baseball Hall Of Fame
1953 Superman - DISTRIBUTOR

1940'S

1949 Funny Bunnies

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