FAQ

What does FAB stand for?

Nothing! In the 60's the buzz-word was "fabulous". This was shortened to FAB and used simply as a call sign like 'Roger' or 'Ten-Four' to acknowledge received instructions. If it was an acronym, then the best suggestion we've heard for a potential meaning is "Fully Acknowledged Broadcast".

What about other questions there might be?

Please feel free to contact us! We do receive a fairly high level of correspondence already and it can take time to reply, but we endeavour to reply within 48 hours where possible.
We are deeply dedicated to our work, even though it is not very easy. In the year since Gerry died we have been successful in many of our goals and we hope that this may continue. Even when Gerry wasn't particularly proud of his work, his burning wish was still that it would be seen by as many people as possible. We are grateful to all the individuals and companies that are helping us fulfil that wish.

Do you support the fans?

Both Gerry and Mary Anderson supported fandom where possible for several decades. They recognised the importance of the fan base and the need to give something back to those that had enjoyed Gerry's work so much. In the latter half of Gerry's career he often employed people that were fans of his previous work. We continue to see that many of Gerry's fans have gone on to produce great pieces of work in their own right and it is our sincere desire to continue to support the many loyal fans - both old and hopefully new.

You're producing new merchandise. What's the aim behind that?

Gerry Anderson fandom has been strong for many years and we would like to see that it continues to be so. Through this merchandise we hope to offer things that the die-hard fan might be interested in as well as the casual fan. Some projects, like our recent Space Police script book, would be commercially unviable for other companies. Nevertheless, we would like to make as many interesting items available as possible.
Money which is generated from the merchandise is used to help to fund further projects. Whilst there was a certain amount of money left by Gerry this obviously needs to be replenished in order to continue.

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.

Copyright Anderson Entertainment Ltd 2013. All rights reserved. Anderson Entertainment Ltd company number 03725711 registered in England & Wales. Registered address at Hornbeam House, Bidwell Road, Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 6PT