Dennis DeShazer was the Executive Producer of the Barney franchise from 1992 until 2002. Dennis was a Southern Methodist Graduate from Richardson who was a video writer and producer at DLM (Developmental Learning Materials) an educational publishing company owned by Richard Leach. DeShazer was later recruited by Sheryl Leach (Richard's daughter-in-law) to help her and Kathy Parker develop the video series Barney & the Backyard Gang where he was a producer. 1992 saw the launch of the worldwide popular show Barney & Friends where Dennis was the executive producer alongside Kathy and Sheryl (until their departures in 1993 and 1998 respectively). Dennis helped oversee the production of 128 episodes of the series and numerous other Barney productions such as home videos, stage shows and a feature film. Dennis' final year with the franchise was 2000 when he left and was replaced by Randy Dalton in 2002. He is currently working on Boz the Green Bear.