(M. Clay Adams is a member of Motion Picture Pioneers)
1935-1939 Fox Film Studio and 20th Century Fox, Hollywood
Assistant to Sol M. Wurtzel, executive producer of 26 of the 52 films turned out each year by this studio in the so-called “Golden Years of Hollywood.”
(The Wurtzel unit produced this studio’s lower budget B pictures. Daryl F. Zanuck was overall head of the studio and executive producer of the high budget films.)
Story editor, film editor and screenwriter on several pictures during this period.
1939-1940 RKO-Pathe, Inc., Hollywood
Manager, West Coast office of Pathe News.
Produced, wrote and directed Picture People, a monthly short subject depicting the home life and hobbies of the stars, released by RKO for showing in theaters between “double features,” which were common in those years.
1940-1942 RKO-Pathe, Inc., New York City
Producer in charge of making Navy training films under contract with the U.S. Navy.
1942-1945 Lieutenant Commander, United States Naval Reserve
Producer, director, writer in the Training Film Division, Bureau of Aeronautics, U.S. Navy.
Produced and directed My Japan, a theatrical film released by the Treasury Department to promote the sale of War Bonds.
Producer, How To Be A Civilian, starring comic Robert Benchley. Separate versions were made for the Navy and Marine Corps for showing to Navy and Marine groups at the time of their discharge from World War II war service.
1946-1950 RKO-Pathe, Inc., New York
Producer, writer and director of industrial films produced under contract with various large corporations.
Producer, writer, director, Strategic Attack, a documentary film showing the effects of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the Strategic Air Command of the U. S. Air Force. Narrated by famed CBS war correspondent Edward R. Murrow.
1950-1952 National Broadcasting Co., New York
Director, Victory At Sea, a many-award-winning NBC 26 episode documentary on the role of the U.S. Navy in World War II. (The most frequently “re-broadcast” TV series in the history of television.)
1952-1960 Columbia Broadcasting Co., New York
CBS Television, Director of Film Production.
In charge of production and associate producer, Sergeant Bilko Show. Comedy show starring Phil Silvers, which ran on the CBS Network for 3 years.
Executive In Charge of Production, I Remember Mamma film series.
Executive in Charge of Production of numerous “pilot” films for CBS Television.
1961-1973 Clayco Films, Inc., New York, Owner and President
Executive In Charge of Production:
Brenner, CBS-TV film series.
The Defenders, CBS-TV film series starring E.G. Marshal and written by Reggie Rose, brilliant writer of Twelve Angry Men (later revived on the Broadway stage).
The Doctors and Nurses, CBS TV film series.
The Bell Telephone Hour, Several TV film specials in association with Henry Jaffe Productions.
The Hallmark Theater, Several TV film specials in association with Henry Jaffe Productions.
Jackie Gleason, TV film specials for CBS.
Produced various film segments for The Jackie Gleason Show.
The Beatles At Shea Stadium, one-hour Ed Sullivan CBS-TV special. The first motion picture documentary of a “rock” concert.
Produced various film segments for the Ed Sullivan Show.