Harry Ackerman was a scholarly veteran of the television industry and executive producer of such landmark programs as "Studio One" and "Suspense."
A former president of the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Ackerman directed network programs on both coasts for CBS before going to work for Screen Gems in 1958.
As a CBS vice president in Hollywood in the 1950s, he helped create, oversaw the development and sometimes even approved the casting of "Gunsmoke," "I Love Lucy," "The Jack Benny Show," "Burns and Allen," "Amos 'n' Andy," "Our Miss Brooks," "The Edgar Bergen Show" and many more.
Independently, he developed and produced "Bachelor Father" and "Leave It to Beaver."
With Screen Gems, he was executive producer for "Dennis the Menace," "The Donna Reed Show," "Hazel," "Gidget," "Bewitched," "The Flying Nun" and several "Movie of the Week" features. All contributed to his industry sobriquet as the "Sire of the Sitcom."
He also worked for Paramount Studios, producing several TV specials.