TV Series | TV-PG | | Action, Crime, Mystery
Responsible for the art direction of the daily series' locations and/or stage sets, the Art Department team was expected to supervise and coordinate the second unit stunt filming unit as well. William Tuntke (Art Director), Francis "Frank" Pezza and Bob Jillson (Assistant Art Directors) were the initiating Universal Studios' Art Department design team assigned the pilot and subsequent five shows. Producer Stephan Cragg and the show's other Producers found Tuntke and Pezza failed coordinating the "Street Hawk" bike stunt film unit's special effects requirements. Stephan Cragg had worked with Hub Braden on the television series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982). Stephan Cragg asked Braden to take over "Street Hawk" as the show's Art Director. Braden was currently working at 20th Century Fox on the Glenn Larson and Harker Wade CBS-Fox series Cover Up (1984). Braden told Stephan Cragg that he would not make a lateral job move from one studio to another at scale, unless he would be offered more money to quit one show, moving (jumping ship) onto another studio project for more pay. Understanding the dilemma, Stephan Cragg offered Braden three hundred dollars over scale. When Braden told Harker Wade that he had been offered more pay, Harker Wade called the "Air Wolf UPM" questioning Braden's pay deal memo in order to stay with the Cover Up (1984) production crew. Airwolf (1984) was not changing nor firing their art direction team. Harker called Braden's bluff by not meeting Braden's pay raise deal memo to remain on Fox's Cover Up (1984). Fox's show UPM told Braden that Harker had called Universal's "Air Wolf UPM" confirming that their staff was not changing. Hub laughed, responding in dismay, "Harker called the wrong show UPM, "Street Hawk...not...Airwolf!"
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