Norman Milton Lear is an American television writer and producer who produced such popular sitcoms as ?All in the Family?, ?Sanford and Son?, ?One Day at a Time?, ?The Jeffersons and Maude?. In 1982 Lear and his partners bought out Avco Embassy Pictures.
In 1985, Lear sold all his film and television production holdings to Columbia Pictures (then owned by the Coca-Cola Company) which acquired Embassy’s film and television division (which included Embassy’s in-house television productions and the television rights to the Embassy theatrical library) for $465 million in shares of The Coca-Cola Company.
Lear attempted to return to TV production in the 1990s with the shows ?Sunday Dinner?, ?The Powers That Be?, and ?704 Hauser?, the last one putting a different family in the house from ?All in the Family?. None of the series proved successful, despite critical acclaim.
Lear’s Act III Communications, founded in 1986 with Tom McGrath as President, produced several notable films, including the Rob Reiner films ?Stand By Me?, ?The Princess Bride? as well ?Fried Green Tomatoes?. He worked as a writers consultant for a number of episodes of ?South Park?, and provided the voice of Benjamin Franklin in the 7th season episode “I’m a Little Bit Country”.