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Freiberger, Fred

Entry updated 4 April 2017. Tagged: Film, TV, People.

(1915-2003) Film and Television writer and producer, noted for producing the final season of the original Star Trek (1966-1969), and perhaps somewhat unfairly blamed for the lower quality of that last season. With the series suffering from a reduced production budget and aired in a time slot where it had no chance of decent ratings, there was little more that he could have done. Previously, Freiberger wrote screenplays for The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) and the Bert I Gordon film The Beginning of the End (1957). For television, he wrote teleplays or served as producer for several other genre series during his career. These included The Wild, Wild West (1965-1969), The Six Million Dollar Man (1973-1978), his own Prehistoric SF creation Korg: 70,000 BC (1974), the second season of the infamous Space: 1999 (1975-1977), and Superboy (1988-1991). He also wrote for animated programmes including 1970s episodes of Super Friends; sometimes he was credited on teleplays as Charles Woodgrove. [GSt]

Fred Freiberger

born New York: 19 September 1915

died Bel Air, California: 2 March 2003


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