FAQ

What is Anderson Entertainment's relationship with Alzheimer's Society?

Shortly after Gerry was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Jamie suggested to him that there may be some mileage in Gerry helping Alzheimer's Society to raise awareness and vital funds. Gerry agreed, and for the final year of his life, Gerry worked together with Jamie and the society to raise over £1M for Alzheimer's Society's research and support services, as well as raising awareness of the condition.

Since Gerry's death, Jamie has gone on to become an ambassador for Alzheimer's Society - regularly attending and speaking at their fundraising and other events. The Gerry Anderson Estate also created the Gerry Anderson Tribute fund which has raised many thousands of pounds for further research into this devastating disease.

Isn't this all just a cynical attempt to make money from the legacy?

This is a criticism a lot of estates face and perhaps sometimes those criticism are valid. However, this is definitely not the case with Anderson Entertainment. It is run very much as a family concern and our first priority is to the man that was husband and father to us.
Gerry was a driven man and many would describe him as being difficult. However, this was because he was determined to see his projects through to completion without external interference. We feel that to deviate from that would be to go against one of his biggest principals and so in realising his unfinished projects we have worked hard to preserve the purity of his vision.
We were offered several book deals for Gemini Force One, but all of these involved making significant changes to Gerry's vision. This is why we launched our very successful Kickstarter campaign which, as a result, has led to the book being picked up by Orion and will see that Gerry's final creation will be enjoyed by a whole new generation of children.

What items of interest did Gerry leave Anderson Entertainment?

Gerry Anderson was a very unsentimental man. For years, the only item of apparent interest he kept was a Parker puppet, until he too was disposed of. Upon his death we discovered a box of items that included previously unseen pictures from his productions as well as a number of personal items that throw new light on the story of his life. It is our hope to share these items with you in due course.
However, part of Anderson Entertainment's long term aim is to form an archive dedicated to his work. This would include props, scripts and other items of interest related to his productions. Furthermore, we are undertaking an extensive project which involves interviewing as many of Gerry's colleagues as possible to build up the most accurate picture possible of his life.
We eventually plan to make this archive accessible to individuals and businesses in order that Gerry's legacy can live on. We feel that these items should be enjoyed as much as possible and not remain locked away.

Does Anderson Entertainment just put out new merchandise?

Not at all. For instance, one of the problems of tangled copyright issues is that it often means that master elements (film negatives etc.) end up being lost or damaged as no one is able to exploit them.
Anderson Entertainment has recently reacquired certain rights in Terrahawks. Despite this being a very successful series in the 80s the archival state of the series is poor. At the present time negatives for the series are missing and until recently certain episodes were believed to survive only on 1 inch tape format (which would prevent any serious restoration). Over the last few months we have been involved in a worldwide search for film elements and we hope to bring you news regarding our work in this area soon.

What about Gerry's old work?

Gerry was a prolific creative and his hit rate of successful television series is perhaps unrivalled. Sadly, Gerry was largely uninterested in his old work and always felt that the future was more important than the past. He was very unsentimental, was often strangely ashamed of some of his bigger achievements, and kept little to do with his own work.
Unfortunately, this meant that his shows have ended up scattered across different copyright holders and a lot of his work - outside of the properties owned by ITV - ended up in what could be described as 'rights hell'.
We don't feel ashamed of what Gerry achieved and recognise the pioneering work both of him and his various teams. We appreciate some shows were more successful than others, but across the years we have seen that even the smaller Anderson shows still have a fan base.
Anderson Entertainment is now working with the help of others to unpick some of the rights problems and to bring the work of Gerry and his talented colleagues across various media into the modern world.

What projects were these?

Gerry worked tirelessly on developing new formats across the years. Naturally, not all of these were successful and some of them he was more passionate about than others. Those projects that he was particularly dedicated to we would like to see realised.
In his final couple of years he was devoted to a project called Gemini Force One. We felt that this had a lot of potential and that had the dementia not taken hold he would have undoubtedly seen this through to completion.

What does Anderson Entertainment following Gerry Anderson's death?

Anderson Entertainment has two specific goals.
1) The preservation and promotion of Gerry's past work
and
2) realising the projects that he was unable to see through to completion himself.

What is Anderson Entertainment?

Anderson Entertainment was founded by the late Gerry Anderson in 2002. It was set up as a production company to handle various projects that Gerry worked on. Following his death from Alzheimer's in 2012 the company was taken over by his wife Mary Anderson who worked with him on various productions across nearly 4 decades.
The time leading up to and following Gerry's death was very difficult for all concerned. After the funeral, consideration was given to closing Anderson Entertainment down. However, right up until the point that his illness prevented him from doing any more, Gerry remained a truly creative man eager to see his work realised.
At the end of his life Gerry was not an especially wealthy man having sold his rights in many of his successful productions in order to fund new shows. However, a certain amount of money was left and it was decided that this should be invested in seeing that his work, both old and new, continues to live on.
Mary Anderson is the Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment whilst son Jamie runs the day to day operations.

I am writing an article/report - can you send me some information about Gerry Anderson and his productions?

In the first instance, please contact Fanderson - the official Gerry Anderson appreciation society. Fanderson have extensive resources that will enable them to answer virtually any question you may have about the productions.

Does Anderson Entertainment accept scripts, ideas or suggestions for new productions?

Anderson Entertainment does not accept unsolicited script submission. There are a number of potential legal consequences which can result from reading unsolicited material which may turn out to be similar to a project we are developing or may develop. Accordingly, the general policy of Anderson Entertainment is to not read or consider unsolicited material, ideas or suggestions of any nature whatsoever.

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