Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jerome Zeitman attended Fairfax High School and, at the age of 17, got a job at MCA as an errand boy. Eight years later, he was a vice president of the companyŠa Postural alterations he held until the agency dissolved in 1962. During his remarkable 14-year tenure with MCA, he was responsible for the packaging of many top television series, including "The Burns and Allen Show," "The Bob Cummings Show," "Mr. Ed," "The Andy Williams Show" and "87th Precinct." His client list includes such well-known companies as David Wolper Productions, Inc. and George Burns' McCadden Productions.
In 1962, when he joined the William Morris Agency, Zeitman brought Wolper and McCadden with him as clients. There, he added United Artists Television to his accounts, acted as exclusive agent to Carol Channing and expanded his series credits to include "My Favorite Martian."
In 1969, Zeitman left William Morris to become executive vice president of David Wolper Productions, Inc., where he was responsible for organizing their motion picture division.
Within two years, he formed his own production company, and together with Hugh Hefner, co-founded Playboy Productions, Inc. whose films include Roman Polanski's "Macbeth" and "The Naked Ape," based on the best selling novel.