Howard KazanjianThursday, September 6, 2018
Howard G. Kazanjian is an American filmmaker, respected producer, entertainment executive and author. He was born and raised in Pasadena, California. A graduate of the film school at USC, Kazanjian is most well known for having served as executive producer on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and producer on "Return Of The Jedi", two of the biggest films of all time. Kazanjian also produced the pilot and first season of the hit television show "JAG."
During filming of Return Of The Jedi, Kazanjian is credited with the idea to utilize the guise of filming a fictitious movie to disguise the actual production, and throw off any press and nosy fans. The fictitious film was titled Blue Harvest, which was purported to be a horror film with the tag line "horror beyond imagination". Hats and t-shirts were printed up for the crew to wear and to further add to the authenticity of the ruse.
In 2004 Kazanjian authored The Cowboy and the Senorita : A Biography of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans ISBN 0762730536 and Happy Trails : A Pictorial Celebration of the Lives of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans ISBN 0762730897
In 2007 Kazanjian along with Frances Dudley and Bev Doolittle was selected as float judge for the 118th Rose Parade themed, "Our Good Nature." The Tournament took place on Jan. 1, 2007 in Pasadena, California and featured majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands from throughout the nation. Doolittle, Dudley and Kazanjian were appointed by the Tournament's Judging Committee.
Twenty-four of the floral beauties in the Parade received awards in a variety of categories and specifications. The Judges' scores were based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact.
- 1981 Emmy award for The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark
- 1982 Inkpot Award winner