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Derek Lamb


B: June 20, 1936 in London, England
D: November 7, 2005 in Washington State, USA

Derek Lamb began his film career as an animator-writer with the National Film Board in Montréal in 1959. In his time at the NFB he played some role in over 200 productions as a director, producer, animator, composer – and even as a singer. He taught animation at Harvard and McGill Universities and the National Institute of Design, India. He returned to the NFB as an executive producer in 1976, and in 1977 he became director of its English animation department. During his five years as director, he produced two Academy Award® winners, Special Delivery (1978) and Every Child (1980). He was the executive producer on the British Academy Award winner, The Hockey Sweater (1982). He is also known for animating the opening credits and designing the stage sets that provided the backdrop for the long-running PBS series, Mystery! using original artwork by Edward Gorey. Beginning in 1983, Lamb and his wife Janet Perlman owned and operated an independent film production company, Lamb Perlman Productions, with offices in Montreal and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1986, Lamb was an artist-in-residence and lecturer at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard. He had extensive credits as a producer or executve producer and worked with many people in co-directing, co-animating, co-producing roles. This is just a small sampling from a very long list of projects. We have not listed his credits as a producer, co-producer or executive producer. Derek Lamb died after a long battle with cancer.