BIOGRAPHY & CORPORATE OVERVIEW
BIOGRAPHY & CORPORATE OVERVIEW
In the last six months the company produced "The Junction Boys", starring Tom Berenger, which premiered on ESPN in December as the network's highest rated television movie, more than tripling ESPN's average rating for that time period, while also receiving rave reviews; "The Man Who Saved Christmas", starring Jason Alexander, which aired on CBS in December; and "The One", ABC Family's first original television movie, which aired in February. "Porn and Chicken", Comedy Central's first original made for television movie, aired in October and doubled the network's average viewership for it's timeslot.
Currently, Orly Adelson Productions is in pre-production and production on various projects, at the moment filming "The Beltway", the true story of the D.C. area sniper murders, for USA Network; and the Animal Planet mystery "Mrs. Ashboro's Cat". After a hugely successful first season, the reality series "Sorority Life" is beginning its second year of production, along with the new companion show "Fraternity Life". The company is about to begin production on a telefilm for the Showtime network based on the novel Cavedweller, starring Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon; Discovery Channel's first movie "Twelve Days of Terror", based on the book and true story of the Jersey Shore shark attacks.
Marking a milestone for the company, Orly Adelson Productions will adapt the esteemed National Book Award finalist and 42 week New York Times best seller "Plainsong" by Kent Haruf, for Hallmark Hall of Fame. "Plainsong is by far one of the best books written in recent years," said Adelson, "a well crafted piece of literature that is sure to become an enduring classic for many years to come. I am anxious to bring the award-winning story to the small screen."
Some of the projects the company has in development include, for CBS "Apollo 11", based on the heroic and dangerous race to safely land a man on the moon, "The Women of Mercury 13," the amazing true story of the first women to be accepted into the NASA space program and "The Gold and Ivory Table Cloth," starring Craig T. Nelson. For ABC, the company is producing "The Automatics", the true story of a mild managed mortgage broker who gets a chance to relive his wilder days as a punk rock star. For NBC, "Uncovering Clinton" is the true story of Newsweek journalist Michael Isikoff and his quest to uncover the truth behind a presidential scandal.
The company is also producing "The Incident" and "Who Gets Murphy", two of Animal Planet's first films; as well as "Last Resort" and "Here Comes Joe Simon" for Comedy Central. For TBS, "Only the Strong" is an action/adventure movie produced by and starring Dean Cain; and "He Didn't Have to Be" is a thriller based on the hit song by Brad Paisley.
In the arena of series television, Orly Adelson Productions is developing "The Coach", a one hour drama for ABC; and "Dog Squad", an action/adventure drama series set around the exciting world of a K-9 unit for Animal Planet.
Orly Adelson Productions has recently begun to expand into the feature film arena, recently partnering with DreamWorks to produce "Shackled", a comedy about a father and son ordered by a judge to be shackled together for a month. The company will also produce "Chasing Dinner", a comedic film, written by Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans (Stand By Me), as an independent feature.
Over the years, Orly Adelson Productions has built up an impressive library of films. Past productions include the breakthrough television event, "The Truth About Jane," which premiered on Lifetime and garnered the highest ratings for the network in five years. Oscar-nominated Stockard Channing received a SAG nomination for her role, and the critically acclaimed piece was also nominated for a WGA and GLAAD award. In addition, the company's CBS movie "One True Love" was one of the network's highest rated films of the year.
The company's most recent TBS movies include "The Triangle" starring Luke Perry, Dan Cortese, and Olivia D'Abo, which was the second highest rated original movie in TBS's history; and "On Hostile Ground", the highest rated cable movie for its quarter.
Orly Adelson Productions enjoyed a sweeps win for CBS with the film "To Love, Honor and Betray," starring Crystal Bernard, James Brolin and Dee Wallace Stone. The company also produced "God's New Plan" for CBS, starring Katey Sagal; the Christmas romance "A Chance of Snow" for Lifetime starring JoBeth Williams and Michael Ontkean under the direction of Tony Bill (producer of The Sting); "Ultimate Deception" for the USA Network starring Yasmine Bleeth and Richard Grieco; "Billboard Dad," starring the Olsen twins; and "Freefall" for the Fox Family Channel, starring Jaclyn Smith.
As President of Orly Adelson Productions, Adelson brings a unique point of view to the company's films. A native of Israel, Adelson served as a lieutenant in the Israeli Army prior to earning her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Musicology from Hebrew University, simultaneously graduating from the Academy of Music and Dance. She also attended Tel Aviv University Graduate School before marrying and moving to the U.S. in 1982. She began her career in the advertising trade in a three-year staff producing position at Bozell, Jacobs, Kenton, Eckhardt, working on various accounts, including the popular Chrysler campaign. She entered the arena of television movie production as vice president of development at Brandman Productions, where she executive produced her first project, the NBC telefilm "Shoot First."
Adelson then joined producer Roger Gimbel as an independent producer at Carolco-Gimbel, which, after three years, became Gimbel-Adelson Productions. During her tenure, she served as an executive overseeing the acclaimed movie "Chernobyl: The Final Warning" (TNT), with Jon Voight, and executive produced "Desperate Rescue" (NBC) with Mariel Hemingway, "Murder Between Friends" (NBC) and "The Perfect Mother" (CBS) with Tyne Daly. On her own she produced Keeper of the Light, a documentary on the state of Israel, directed by Academy AwardŽ-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman.
Adelson currently serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Women in Film and has lectured on television production in the film departments of the University of Southern California and Santa Monica College.
Adelson credits her accomplishments to a strong work ethic, abetted by a commitment to enjoy happiness in the process. "There's always a way to achieve what you want. You just have to find a door that's open," she says, applying her philosophy to the ever-changing global entertainment market. "And," she warns, "you may have to knock a few times to find the answer you are looking for." A Renaissance woman with interests ranging from art, music and theater to all forms of sports, Adelson lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.