|Position||Creator and Executive Producer (Tabitha)|
Writer (Tabitha and Bewitched)
|Birthplace||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
Jerry Mayer was the creator of the Tabitha television series for which he wrote six episodes (1977). He was the executive producer of Tabitha and produced all episodes except for the original pilot. Mayer wrote six episodes for Bewitched, three of them co-written with Paul L. Friedman (1967-1970).
Biography and Career
Jerry Mayer grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and has been married forever [sic]. After working in the family construction business, he threw caution to the winds and moved to Los Angeles with wife Emily and their three kids so he could follow his first love, writing. Before long he was selling scripts to television shows like All in the Family, M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, where he was appointed Story Editor. Next, Mr. Mayer was kicked upstairs to the job of Executive Producer of NBC hit, The Facts of Life. He also wrote for icon entertainer Mitzi Gaynor. He wrote Mitzi's Las Vegas acts and also six of her memorable television specials.
His playwriting career began when he joined the famed Oliver Hailey Playwright's Group. His first play, Almost Perfect, which Emily produced, was S.R.O. and ran a year and a half at Santa Monica Playhouse, then was published by Samuel French and ran Off Broadway. Since then, Mr. Mayer has written a total of eight plays, one of them, a hit musical, You Haven't Changed a Bit and Other Lies, written with his son, composer and co-lyricist, Steve Mayer. He has received Drama Logue awards for comedy playwriting and his plays have been performed all over the United States, in Canada and in many European countries.
Updated October 27, 2020
- Halloween Show
- Minerva Goes Straight
- The Pilot
- A Star Is Born
- Tabitha's Weighty Problem
- What's Wrong With Mister Right?
With Paul L. Friedman
- One Touch of Midas
- Samantha's Da Vinci Dilemma
- Samantha's Secret Saucer