Operator 13 Productions was founded by Mark Gilman and Dave Stuckey in 1982 to raise money for the documentary The Funniest Guys In The World about the lives and careers of The Three Stooges. In 1983, the film was released theatrically for one screening only at The Gordon Theater in Hollywood, after which it was re-edited for television under the name of Stooge Snapshots and later on home video as The Making Of The Stooges. The documentary was nominated for a daytime Emmy award (Best Narrator Steve Allen). It played in television syndication and on the early Comedy Channel on cable television. The film was released by Karl Home Video, the company responsible for the mega hit Jane Fonda’s Workout, and was later distributed by Warner Brothers Home Video. The documentary went out of release when the Warner contract expired.
Lugosi: The Forgotten King
In 1984 Operator 13 Productions began work on Lugosi: The Forgotten King which was completed and released in 1985. The film was released to syndicated television through Superior Promotions and later sold to MPI Home Video where it was released on VHS until the contract expired.
In 2011, the Lugosi family contacted Operator 13 Productions about releasing Lugosi: The Forgotten King on DVD. Work began immediately on an updated version of the film and the team was joined by Associate Producer Laura McCullough. The DVD should see release in summer 2012.
Looking ahead, Operator 13 Productions has begun work on a new project with the working title Monsters, Martians, and Mad Scientists: Horror in the Atomic Age.