About Albert Fisher
Albert Fisher is a television executive with creative credits from all major networks, top syndicators, cable networks, as well as station groups. He is also in development and production on many projects. For over ten years, as CEO of Fisher/Merlis Television, Inc., he won numerous awards, including the coveted national Emmy.
Fisher currently has multiple broadcast and cablecast series and specials seen worldwide. His highly acclaimed multi-disc documentary on the classic radio and television series The Original Amateur Hour is in current release and can be seen as a special on PBS, with elements on his tribute website. DVDs with acclaimed mentalist The Amazing Kreskin and another devoted to his early association with Elvis Presley is also in current release.
Recent television programs include Cassini: Rendezvous With The Ringed Planet and Mars Rocks, which air on both the Discovery Channel and The Science Channel; Secrets of San Simeon with Patricia Hearst and The Ultimate Thrill for Discovery's Travel Channel; Flea Market Finds with the Kovels for Home and Garden Television; The Zen Of Organizing for Fine Living; The Harlem Hellfighters for The History Channel; The Real Me series and specials for The American Life Network; and many others.
His former company, Fisher/Merlis Television, created and produced hundreds of programs and specials for Scripps HGTV, including Willard Scott's Home and Garden Almanac, Kitty Bartholomew: You're Home, The Urban Gardener with Meshach Taylor, and Ask Kitty. He also produced the Emmy-winning nationally syndicated series Better Homes and Gardens Television.
Fisher has created a varied slate of hour-long specials for various networks. He is also responsible for numerous home videos and DVDs, which are being marketed worldwide as the "official" presentations for such prestigious destinations as The Hearst Castle at San Simeon, The Huntington Gardens and Library in Pasadena, The Piedras Blancas Lighthouse on the California coast, and Loretta Lynn's Plantation Home and Museum in Tennessee.
Albert Fisher started his career handling TV and movies for the World's Fairs in Seattle and New York and was media consultant to the Montreal Expo. For The Original Amateur Hour, he worked as a talent scout.
He has served as a producer for the NBC-TV Network series Witness Video and the Fox Television Network news magazine series Front Page, and has functioned in various senior programming and management positions with broadcasters worldwide, including WOR-TV, New York City; WTOP-TV, Washington, DC; WKYC-TV, Cleveland; WMAQ-TV, Chicago; and WWL-TV, New Orleans, where he was one of the first broadcasters to create the magazine-format concept.
His talent as a producer/director/writer associated with films, television, and multi-media events has garnered many international awards, including film festivals in Cannes, New York, London, Chicago, Barcelona, Locarno, and Edinburgh. Fisher has also received awards from The American Bar Association, The International Film and Television Festival, and the coveted Columbia School of Journalism's Alfred I. DuPont Award for the documentary Whispering Hope: Unmasking the Mystery of Alzheimer's.
As an executive producer with NBC, Albert Fisher created, produced and directed numerous award-winning magazine shows, documentaries, and public-affairs programs and specials. In this capacity, and his current role as a hands-on executive producer, he has spent time as an undercover inmate in The Ohio State Penitentiary, has flown in supersonic fighter aircraft, sailed international "Tall Ships," lived on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in a NASA underwater habitat, and recently became one of the few people to ever film and explore the remote Arctic Circle island of Surtsey off the coast of Iceland.
Fisher is a member of The Caucus for Television Producers, Writers & Directors along with The National Association for Television Program Executives, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Directors Guild of America, and the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP).
In 1963, when Albert Fisher was a 22-year-old talent scout auditioning acts for Ted Mack and The Original Amateur Hour.
He was greeted by this billboard in Scranton, Pennsylvania when we went there to audition amateur acts for the CBS-TV Network series.