Larry DiTillio

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Lawrence G. DiTillio (February 15, 1948 – March 16, 2019) was an American film and TV series writer.

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Career

He began writing for television and movies in the 1970s including a stint on Filmation's Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids . Larry DiTillio became a staff writer for the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series. He wrote the most episodes throughout both seasons, totaling 17 episodes as well as directing one. In 1985, he wrote the feature-length film He-Man and She-Ra: Secret of the Sword. He was responsible for the original bible of the spinoff show, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and came up with most of the character names. [1]

Filmation

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<i>Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids</i> American TV series

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an American animated television series created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. Filmation was the production company for the series. The show premiered in 1972 and ran until 1985. The show, based on Cosby's remembrances of his childhood gang, centered on Fat Albert, and his friends.

<i>He-Man and the Masters of the Universe</i> American animated television series from 1983–1985

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is an American animated television series produced by Filmation based on Mattel's toy line Masters of the Universe. The show, often referred to as simply He-Man, was one of the most popular animated children's shows of the 1980s.

Flying Buffalo hired DiTillio in 1983 when he was out of work due to a strike. [2] :37 He wrote The Isle of Darksmoke (1984), Flying Buffalo's last multiplayer Tunnels & Trolls adventure. [2] :38 With Lynn Willis, he wrote Masks of Nyarlathotep (1984), a world-spanning campaign for Call of Cthulhu , which is considered one of the best roleplaying adventures of all time, [2] :86 and which won the Origins Award.

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Lynn Willis was a wargame and role-playing game designer, best known for his work with Metagaming Concepts, Game Designers' Workshop (GDW), and Chaosium.

DiTillio is known for his role as executive story editor of the science-fiction series Babylon 5 , [2] :41 and for writing or co-writing most of the episodes in the animated series Beast Wars . He was also a writer for the updated 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series.

<i>Babylon 5</i> American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski

Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski, under the Babylonian Productions label, in association with Straczynski's Synthetic Worlds Ltd. and Warner Bros. Domestic Television. After the successful airing of a test pilot movie on February 22, 1993, Babylon 5: The Gathering, in May 1993 Warner Bros. commissioned the series for production as part of its Prime Time Entertainment Network (PTEN). The first season premiered in the US on January 26, 1994, and the series ultimately ran for the intended five seasons, costing an estimated $90 million for 110 episodes.

An animated series is a set of animated works with a common series title, usually related to one another. These episodes should typically share the same main characters, some different secondary characters and a basic theme. Series can have either a finite number of episodes like a miniseries, a definite end, or be open-ended, without a predetermined number of episodes. They can be broadcast on television, shown in movie theatres, released direct-to-video or on the internet. Like animated films, animated series can be of a wide variety of genres and can also have different target audiences, from children to adults.

DiTillio died at the age of 71 on March 16, 2019 of Parkinson's Disease. [3]

Filmography

YearRoleShow
1972WriterThose Mad, Mad Moviemakers
1984WriterFat Albert and the Cosby Kids
1985WriterHe-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword
1985WriterJayce and the Wheeled Warriors (7 episodes)
1983-1985WriterHe-Man and the Masters of the Universe (17 episodes)
1985WriterShe-Ra Princess of Power (18 episodes)
1985-1986WriterRock 'n' Wrestling
1986WriterCenturions
1986WriterGalaxy High School
1987WriterBionic Six
1987-88WriterCaptain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
1988WriterSuperman (2 episodes)
1989WriterThe California Raisin Show (5 episodes)
1989WriterCaptain Power: The Beginning (TV Movie)
1987WriterThe Real Ghostbusters
1990WriterSwamp Thing (TV Series)
1990WriterDeadly Nightmares
1990WriterPeter Pan and the Pirates
1991WriterThe Hidden Room
1991WriterMurder, She Wrote (1 Episode)
1992WriterConan the Adventurer
1994-1995Writer/Executive Story EditorBabylon 5
1996WriterHypernauts
1996-99Writer/Story EditorBeast Wars: Transformers
2002-2004WriterMasters of the Universe vs. the Snake Men
2005WriterKong: The Animated Series
2009WriterTransformers: Animated (1 episode)

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References

  1. Scheimer, Lou (2012). Creating the Filmmation Generation. Two Morrows Publishing. ISBN   978-1605490441.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN   978-1-907702-58-7.
  3. Larry DiTillio, co-creator of She-Ra and well-known genre TV writer has passed away, Syfy.com 17 March 2019. Accessed on 18 March 2019.
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