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Herbert Franklin Solow

Herbert Franklin Solow (born December 14, 1930)[1] is an American motion picture and television executive, screenwriter, motion picture and television producer, director and talent agent.

Herbert Franklin Solow
Born (1930-12-14) December 14, 1930 (age 88)
OccupationTelevision writer and producer
Spouse(s)Yvonne Fern Harrison Solow


Solow was born to a Jewish family[2] in New York City.[1] After his graduation from Dartmouth College in 1953, Solow was hired by the William Morris Agency in New York City to work in the mailroom. In 1954, he was promoted to talent agent. Later he was hired by NBC and transferred to Los Angeles in 1960 and was subsequently hired by CBS as Director of Daytime Programs, West Coast. He returned to NBC a year later as Director of Daytime Programs.

The middle 1960s: Desilu before the Paramount mergerEdit

In 1964, he joined Desilu Studios and was appointed Vice President of Production in 1964. Solow oversaw the development, sales, and production of Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, and Mannix.

At MGMEdit

Solow joined MGM Television as vice president in charge of television production. There he oversaw the development and production of Medical Center, Then Came Bronson (produced by Robert H. Justman and Robert Sabaroff), and The Courtship of Eddie's Father.[3] Later, Solow was appointed MGM's Vice President of Worldwide Television and Motion Picture Production, and headed MGM Studios in Culver City, California and Borehamwood, England.[4]

Later workEdit

After he left MGM, Solow was the executive producer of the short-lived NBC TV series Man from Atlantis (packaged by his own production company, which was owned by Taft Broadcasting) and produced the award-winning feature-length documentary Elvis: That's the Way It Is, starring Elvis Presley.

Along with Robert H. Justman, he wrote Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, published by Pocket Books in 1996. According to Publishers Weekly, "As told by Solow, Star Trek's executive in charge of production, and Justman, Star Trek's co-producer, this is arguably the definitive history of the TV show...With plenty of behind-the-scenes material that will be of interest to Trek fans, this book puts a good deal of emphasis on the show's business side, elucidating production difficulties, cost overruns and the seemingly constant debate with NBC over the show's future." Although Solow is often credited with being the first to call Gene Roddenberry "The Great Bird of the Galaxy", drawn from one of George Takei's throwaway lines, as Mr Sulu, from the original series episode "The Man Trap", it was actually Robert Justman who coined the phrase. Solow thought the name was silly.[5]

He is married to Yvonne Fern Solow, (aka. Dr. Harrison Solow) who wrote the book, Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation (1994).[6][7] By 2005, Solow and his wife were living in south-west Wales, where he was a part-time lecturer at the media department of the then University of Wales, Lampeter, returning to Malibu in 2009. During her time at Lampeter, Yvonne (Harrison) Solow became Writer-in-Residence and learned Welsh.[8]


Solow is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Foreign Film, Documentary, and Special Effects Committees of AMPAS.



  1. ^ a b "Herbert F. Solow • Summary Bibliography". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "My Jewish Trek" Jewish Journal Sheldon Teitelbaum. March 18, 2015
  3. ^ Solow Gives MGM Lion Back Its Roar Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 27 Feb 1969: g21.
  4. ^ Movies: Herbert Solow Strives to Leave His Mark at MGM Herbert Solow and MGM Warga, Wayne. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 31 Aug 1969: j20.
  5. ^ Simply Syndicated's Starbase 66, Episode 38, Interview with Herb Solow.
  6. ^ "Star Trek's ex-chief movie praise". BBC News. June 2, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  7. ^ Fern, Yvonne (August 17, 1994). Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation. University of California Press. ISBN 0520088425.
  8. ^ Carpe Articulum, Literary Review, Vol. 3, Issue 3. pp24-55 (extended interviews with photos of Herb Solow with Harrison in Lampeter)

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