Kate Edelman Johnson is the daughter of the motion picture and television producer Louis F. Edelman and the widow of Deane F. Johnson, an entertainment attorney and Managing Partner of O’Melveny & Meyers who later became President of Warner Communications, Inc. and Time-Warner, Inc.
Kate is a film producer who started her career working for her father on his many television series and then moved to New York to work for Roone Arledge at ABC Sports producing segments for everything from Monday Night Football to their acclaimed golf series. She also worked as an entertainment consultant for Hallmark Television and Radio Television Luxembourg (RTL).
In addition, for her family, she currently manages the rights to some of the successful television series produced by her late father in the 1950s and 1960s. These include such celebrated classics as “Make Room for Daddy”, “The Real McCoys”, “The Barbara Stanwyck Show”, “The Joey Bishop Show”, “Love and Marriage”, “The Adventures of ]im Bowie”, “The Big Valley” and "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp”.
She has reintroduced these classic shows airing on a daily basis domestically in partnership with COZI TV, ME TV, Grit TV, Starz Encore and also bringing them to a new worldwide audience through a distribution agreement with CBS.
Johnson is also actively involved in creating new works based on these perennial favorites, developing new screenplays and television series. Some of her other producing credits include “TAG: The Assassination Game”, “Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone” for CBS and “Saving Grace”, the Emmy nominated documentary. She is presently working on a feature film based on her father's highly successful television series “The Big Valley”.
Her late husband left her the rights to the iconic film “A Streetcar Named Desire” which he co-produced. She maximizes its potential by keeping it in syndication and licensing film clips throughout the world. 80 percent of what she earns from these endeavors for “Streetcar” goes to support the work of The Motion Picture and Television Fund.
In addition to her leadership on the board of the Deane F. Johnson Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Kate is a trustee of the Actors Fund of America, serves on the boards of the UCLA Longevity Center, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, William Holden Wildlife Foundation, Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Foundation, manages numerous law scholarships at the Stanford School of Law and funded the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law seat currently occupied by Henry T. (Hank) Greely. She is a major supporter of United Cerebral Palsy in memory of her mother Rita Edelman who was President for Life of the Los Angeles Chapter.