Margaret Loesch, one of the most influential children’s tv executives of the 1980s and 1990s, will soon be the subject of a feature-length documentary.
Here are some details about Loesch and the film about her:
- After starting out in kids’ programming at NBC in 1975, Loesch went on to run Hanna-Barbera and Marvel Productions in the 1980s, and Fox Kids for much of the 1990s. More recently, she headed the Hub Network, a tv channel jointly owned by Hasbro and Discovery Communications (which was subsequently rebranded as Discovery Family).
- Loesch is responsible for some of the best-known kids’ shows of the 1980s and 1990s, most of them animated. Notably, she commissioned many comic book adaptations for Fox, including series of X-Men, Batman, and Spider-Man. She helped launch the Power Rangers franchise outside Japan. Her résumé also includes Animaniacs, Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, The Smurfs, and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.
- The film about her will be directed by Brian Volk-Weiss (The Toys That Made Us, The Movies That Made Us) and Brian Stillman (Plastic Galaxy: The Story of The Star Wars Toys, Eye Of The Beholder: The Art Of Dungeons and Dragons), two veterans of pop culture docs.
- Volk-Weiss’s The Nacelle Company will produce the film, with Cisco Henson serving as executive producer. Founded in 2017, the company makes documentaries and tv shows with a range of partners, including Netflix, HBO, Discovery, A&E Networks, Hulu, Amazon, and Viacom.
- In a 2007 interview with the website Blast from the Past, Loesch credits her stint at Fox with laying the groundwork for the recent boom in comic book movies: “I think Fox Kids definitely was the impetus for the whole comic book revolution since we dramatically raised the whole awareness of the Marvel characters.”
Distribution plans and broadcasters for the documentary have not been announced at this time.