Producer, author, and composer, educated at NYU. Until 1960, he worked at a New York advertising agency, and then co-founded a film production company in New York. He joined ASCAP in 1963 and collaborated musically with Edward Thomas and James Polack. His popular-song works include "Pinocchio," "Three Sad Souls," and "Daydreamer." His most famous and lasting collaboration was with Arthur Rankin Jr., with whom he partnered on many of his hits, including all his ABC-TV Christmas specials of stop motion animation and many cartoons.