Ashmont Productions

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Ashmont Productions
Production company
IndustryTelevision
Founded1965
FoundersWilliam Asher
Elizabeth Montgomery
Defunct1976
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California

Ashmont Productions was an American television production company. The company was founded by William Asher and his then wife Elizabeth Montgomery initially as a production company for the television series Bewitched.[1]

The production company also became a production venue for several other ABC shows until the studio's close in 1976.

History[edit]

Ashmont Productions was formed in 1965 by director William Asher and his then-wife, actress Elizabeth Montgomery. Montgomery was the star of ABC's Bewitched and husband Asher directed it; the production company's original purpose was exclusively as a production outlet for Bewitched. The name "Ashmont" was a combination of the first syllables of Asher's and Montgomery's names.[2] The combination of the couple's names was very similar to rival Desilu Productions, formed by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball.

However, in 1965, the company only had one production credit on a season 1 episode of Bewitched; the company did not become active again until the start of the eighth and final season of the show in 1971.[3] After Bewitched, Ashmont produced The Paul Lynde Show and Temperatures Rising; the production company closed its doors in 1976 after the filming of the original pilot for the television series Tabitha.[4]

Productions by Ashmont[edit]

Year Title Notes References
1965; 1971-1972 Bewitched 26 episodes [5]
1972-1974 Temperatures Rising Produced all 46 episodes
Also known as The New Temperatures Rising Show
1972-1973 The Paul Lynde Show Produced all 26 episodes
1976 Tabitha Original 1976 pilot episode only

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pilato, Herbie (2012). Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 173. ISBN 1589797493. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Fun Facts About Bill and Liz". www.harpiesbizarre.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "Bewitched. The complete eighth & final season". Encore. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Leszczak, Bob (November 2, 2012). Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide. McFarland. p. 178. ISBN 0786493054. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "Ashmont Productions". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 28, 2015.