John Coates
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John Coates

The Man Who Built the Snowman
Marie Beardmore
Foreword by Raymond Briggs
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/5/2011
Format: paper 160 pages, 40 color illus., 60 b&w illus.
6 x 8
ISBN: 978-0-86196-682-0
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John Coates is best known as the producer of The Snowman, When the Wind Blows, Wind in the Willows, Willows in Winter, and Famous Fred, and as the man behind the Beatles film Yellow Submarine. This intimate biography takes the reader on a journey through Coates’s early life, his years as an army officer in the 11th Hussars in World War II, and his postwar life as a distributor for Rank films throughout Asia, before returning to England and eventually taking over TV Cartoons. With a foreword by Raymond Briggs and an epilogue by Coates himself, this abundantly illustrated work also includes a DVD of selections from Coates’s work.

Author Bio

Marie Beardmore is a former media journalist based in Paris, where she writes for TV and is working on her own projects, including the adult animation Umbilical Man and a graphic novel,Rose.

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Table of Contents

1. Early Years
2. Army Years
3. Early Days at Rank, Far East, Asia
4. Rank: Madrid
5. How it All Began: Rediffusion and ATV
6. From Film to Television to the start of TVC
7. TVC and the Beatles
8. Yellow Submarine
9. Endings and Beginnings
10. Post George: a New Era
11. The
Snowman
12. Post Snowman
13. When the Wind Blows
14. Life Matters: Becoming a Granpa and Holiday in Kenya
15. Granpa
16. Seychelles
17.
Father Christmas
18. Recession
19. Beatrix Potter
20. Cartoon Forum and dalliances
21. Three more half hour specials
22. Wind in the Willows, Willows in Winter
23. Famous Fred
24. The Bear
25. Another Exotic holiday. Bali
26. John Winds up TVC
27. Oi Get off Our Train: TVC and Varga
28. John Brothers
29. Retirement at the Lake St. Croix
30. Ethel and Earnest
Epilogue
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