(written from a Production point of view)
James Schmerer was a Producer and Writer for Television. He produced the TV shows Chase, The Delphi Bureau, and The High Chapparal. He also associate produced Dean Martin's The Silencers, and Daniel Boone. When he became the producer of The High Chaparral in 1969 at the age of 31, he was reputedly the youngest producer of a prime time US television series at the time.
He also wrote or co-wrote several episodes of CHiPS, Vega$, Fantasy Island starring Ricardo Montalban, T.J. Hooker starring William Shatner, and the television show MacGyver, including the season one episode "Hellfire" in which Nana Visitor was a guest star.