• Ken Spears

    Charles Kenneth Spears (March 12, 1938 – November 6, 2020) was an American television writer, producer and sound editor. With Joe Ruby , he co-founded television animation production company Ruby-Spears Productions . [3] Earlier in their partnership, the two men created the

    Scooby-Doo franchise for Hanna-Barbera. [4]


    Spears grew up in the Los Angeles area, and was a friend of the son of animation producer William Hanna .[5] As an adult, Spears was hired at Hanna's company, Hanna-Barbera Productions , as a sound editor in 1959. [5] He met Ruby in the editing department of Hanna-Barbera, and the two men began a writing partnership. [5] Spears and Ruby wrote teleplays for several animated and live-action television programs, both freelance and as on-staff writers for Hanna-Barbera, Sid and Marty Krofft Television Productions and DePatie–Freleng Enterprises. [5]

    For Hanna-Barbera, Spears and Ruby created Scooby-Doo and the franchise's other main characters.

    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, debuted in September 1969 on CBS .[4] For H-B they also created, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and Jabberjaw , among other programs. At Depatie-Freleng, they created The Barkleys and The Houndcats . In the early 1970s, CBS president of children's programming

    Fred Silverman hired Spears and Ruby to supervise the production of CBS's Saturday morning cartoon lineup, a position they assumed at ABC when Silverman defected to that network.[5]

    Wanting to create competition for Hanna-Barbera, ABC set Ruby and Spears up with their own studio in 1977, as a subsidiary of Filmways. [6]

    Ruby-Spears Productions produced a number of animated series for Saturday morning, among them Fangface , The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Hour,

    Thundarr the Barbarian, Saturday Supercade , Mister T, Alvin and the Chipmunks , and Superman, among others. [6] Ruby-Spears was bought by Hanna-Barbera's parent company, Taft Entertainment , in 1981, and its back catalog was sold along with the Hanna-Barbera library and studio in 1991 to

    Turner Broadcasting. Current reissues of Ruby-Spears shows on DVD and digital platforms are therefore copyrighted by Hanna-Barbera Productions. [6]

    Spears died on November 6, 2020 due to complications from Lewy body dementia . Prior to his death, he had continued to work with Ruby on the production and development of animated series up until Ruby's death in August 2020. [6][7]


    1. ^ "Charles Kenneth Spears, Born 03/12/1938 in California | CaliforniaBirthIndex.org" .

    www.californiabirthindex.org .

    2. ^ Shafer, Ellise; Shafer, Ellise (November 9, 2020). "Ken Spears, Co-Creator of 'Scooby-Doo,' Dies at 82" .

    3. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (April 12, 2010).

    "Jack Kirby's Heroes in Waiting (Published 2010)" – via NYTimes.com.

    4. ^ a b "Scooby-Doo co-creator Ken Spears dies aged 82" . BBC News. 10 November 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2020.

    5. ^ a b c d e Shostak, Stu (05-02-2012). "Interview with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears ". Stu's Show. Retrieved 03-18-2013.

    6. ^ a b c d Shostak, Stu (01-16-2013). "Interview with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears ". Stu's Show. Retrieved 03-18-2013.

    7. ^ Shafer, Ellise; Shafer, Ellise (2020-11-09). "Ken Spears, Co-Creator of 'Scooby-Doo,' Dies at 82" . Variety. Retrieved


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