|Greg with his father Harold (far right) and Fess Parker.
Grammy-nominated writer/producer Greg Ehrbar's love for Disney records began in early childhood, when his parents brought home their first hi-fi stereo and the soundtrack albums to Peter Pan, Snow White and Pinocchio. The very first LP in his own collection (a reward for a good school report card) was Camarata's Alice in Wonderland.
Though born in Yonkers, NY, Greg grew up in South Florida during a wondrous era of cartoons, movies, TV shows, and children's records. He became determined to become part of Disney on his first Walt Disney World visit in 1972, sustaining that goal through school and college. After stints in film production, radio and freelance writing, the dream finally came true after a move to Central Florida.
Now celebrating his twenty-third year on the Disney staff, Greg is a writer for Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group, which provides advertising for Disney Theme Parks and Resorts worldwide. Millions of TV viewers experienced Greg's work in Walt Disney World promotional spots on ABC featuring Lindsay Lohan, Jerry O'Connell, and Buzz Aldrin; and on the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. In addition to hundreds of print ads, TV and radio spots and videos, Greg specializes in direct and CRM marketing, writing for the Mickey Monitor (circulation 144,000) and Walt Disney World HELLO! on disneyworld.com (1.5 million).
Walt Disney Records fans have collected Greg's many Read-Along Books and Recordings, including Cinderella: So This is Christmas and Tarzan: Your Heart, My Heart, the latter performed by Glenn Close. Two of Greg's Read-Alongs, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas received Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.
On bookshelves are Greg's graphic novel versions of Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles, Disney's Lilo and Stitch, Mulan, and others; the children's book A Bug's Life: The Not-So-Perfect Picnic, historic chapters of The Cartoon Music Book and even Archie Comics. In broadcast radio, Greg handled producer/host duties on Storytoons and Walt Disney World On Location as well as scriptwriting for Adventures in Odyssey.
Record stores and online shops feature Greg's best selling Rhino Records compilation, Billboard Presents Family Christmas Classics, which has become a perennial holiday favorite for over a decade. Greg produced five additional titles in the Rhino series, plus Toon Tunes: Funny Bone Favorites and Toon Tunes: Action-Packed Anthems. He also helped create a CD revival of recordings from the acclaimed and beloved Golden Records label based on popular characters such as Madeline, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Dennis the Menace, and Woody Woodpecker.
Greg lives in Florida with his wife and two children.
Tim Hollis, a resident of Birmingham, Alabama, began writing when he was seven years old, and simply never stopped. Those early works took the form of children's fantasies along the lines of the Oz books; little did he dream that his eventual writing career would be in non-fiction instead.
His first professional experience came when he was hired as an editor, to polish and refine the works of other local writers. His first book came along in 1990, a biography of one of Birmingham's best-loved TV personalities, COUSIN CLIFF: 40 MAGICAL YEARS IN TELEVISION, published in 1991. For the next several years he busied himself with articles, ghost writing, and more editing, but got back into the full-length book business when the University Press of Mississippi published DIXIE BEFORE DISNEY: 100 YEARS OF ROADSIDE FUN in the spring of 1999.
This book was an overnight success. It went on to become UPM's fourth biggest selling title of the year, and has been featured in countless newspapers, magazines, and television documentaries. Apparently this history of the South's tourism industry and all of the goofy attractions that used to line the highways struck a nostalgic nerve in the public.
Hollis's second UPM title was published in November 2001: HI THERE, BOYS AND GIRLS: AMERICA'S LOCAL CHILDREN'S TV PROGRAMS. Two months before its publication, the press run was over half sold out already, so UPM had to increase the number of copies printed. It has been the subject of much media attention, the most important being a wire service story released by the Associated Press in New York and a feature story on National Public Radio.
UPM released Hollis's FLORIDA'S MIRACLE STRIP: FROM REDNECK RIVIERA TO EMERALD COAST in March 2004, and a year later, Arcadia Publishing issued his BIRMINGHAM'S THEATER AND RETAIL DISTRICT, which set some sort of record for local interest books by selling out its first printing in less than three months. February 2006 saw the release of GLASS BOTTOM BOATS AND MERMAID TAILS: FLORIDA'S SPRINGS ATTRACTIONS from Stackpole Books. MOUSE TRACKS: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY RECORDS stems from Hollis's longstanding interest in cartoon memorabilia and collectibles.
In recent years, Hollis has found the opportunity to "return to where it all began." When his busy schedule permits, he enjoys lecturing to elementary school groups about writingand regales the youngsters with stories and characters he created when he was their age, sketching the characters and performing their voices. The extremely positive response to this has been very gratifying to him, to say the least.