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December 2, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Alfred Masini, a pioneer of first-run syndication who created such hit television shows as "Entertainment Tonight" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," has died. He was 80. Masini died Monday in Honolulu from complications of melanoma, said Kristin Jackson, his publicist. "He was one of the creative forces in the development of non-network programming and a key force in helping to move the industry away from a three-network environment," Rich Frank, a former president of Disney Studios, said in a statement that called Masini "an early mentor.
September 19, 2010 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
James Bacon, the longtime syndicated Hollywood columnist and reporter whose career covering the film capital began in the late 1940s with the Associated Press, has died. He was 96. Bacon, whose long career also included small roles in movies such as "Planet of the Apes" and TV shows, died in his sleep Saturday of congestive heart failure at his Northridge home, said family friend Stan Rosenfield. Bacon was an AP reporter from Chicago when he arrived in Hollywood in 1948, a time when Los Angeles had six daily newspapers and rival Hollywood gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons reigned supreme.
July 31, 2010 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
John Aylesworth, a TV writer and producer who co-created the long-running comedy-variety show "Hee Haw," has died. He was 81. Aylesworth died Wednesday of complications of pneumonia at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, said his wife, Anita Rufus. The Canadian-born Aylesworth, who broke into television in 1953 as a writer and performer on the Canadian sketch comedy show "After Hours," moved to the United States in 1958to write for the CBS music show "Your Hit Parade.
July 29, 2010 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
John Callahan, the quadriplegic cartoonist whose famously politically incorrect humor generated both praise and criticism, has died. He was 59. Callahan died Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Ore., after undergoing surgery and treatment for a chronic bed sore, said Kevin Mullane, a longtime friend. Paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident in 1972 at age 21 and a recovering alcoholic since he was 27, Callahan began selling cartoons in the early 1980s and went on to be internationally syndicated in newspapers and magazines.
December 22, 2009 | Keith Thursby
Connie Hines, an actress who portrayed Carol Post, whose husband Wilbur was the only person who could talk with Mister Ed in the 1960s television show, has died. She was 79. Hines died Friday at her home in Beverly Hills from complications of heart problems, said Alan Young, her "Mister Ed" costar. "I lost a great friend. She was always joyous," Young said Monday. In the show, which ran from 1961 to 1966 on CBS, the Posts moved into a rambling country home and found a horse in their barn.
November 6, 2009 | Meg James
There's a glimmer in the CBS eye. Old-media giant CBS Corp. released third-quarter results Thursday that suggested the recession's clamp on the advertising market was loosening, at least at the all-important CBS TV network. Strong rerun syndication sales of CBS' television shows, including "Criminal Minds," "Medium" and "Ghost Whisperer," and an uptick in network TV advertising helped the broadcaster swing to a profit for the quarter ended Sept. 30. The company's net income of $207.
October 13, 2009 | Josh Meyer
International law enforcement officials, including deputy U.S. Atty. Gen. David Ogden, called today for a far more coordinated global response to the growing threat of organized crime syndicates, which they said are increasingly teaming up with terrorist networks and drug traffickers to pose an unprecedented national security threat to the United States and its allies. Speaking at the 78th general assembly of the global police agency Interpol in Singapore, Ogden and some of his counterparts acknowledged that they need to do much more to work together on many fronts, including attacking the money laundering pipelines that are enabling the crime syndicates to flourish in terror hot spots such as Pakistan and Afghanistan and other strategic locations such as Europe, Africa and Latin America.
August 19, 2009 | Johanna Neuman, Neuman is a former Times staff writer who contributes to the Top of the Ticket blog.
Robert Novak, the longtime syndicated columnist and television commentator who was at the center of a furor late in his career as the first journalist to disclose the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, died today. He was 78. Novak died at his home in Washington after battling brain cancer, his family told the Associated Press. Novak was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2008. He told friends his doctors were not optimistic, but he opted for surgery anyway, telling them they were being too conservative.
August 11, 2009 | Matea Gold
Fox Business Network, looking to boost viewership after nearly two years of struggling to win over audiences, is in talks with controversial radio host Don Imus about carrying his morning show on the cable channel. The provocative and popular personality is in final negotiations with the financial news channel, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. The plan is to simulcast his syndicated early-morning radio show, which means it would air from 3 to 6 a.m. on the West Coast. No deal is in place yet between the two parties, but if the talks conclude as anticipated, the arrangement could start sometime in September.
August 10, 2009 | Juliette Funes
Trying to get hold of actor, comedian and radio personality Steve Harvey isn't easy. His day starts at 4 a.m. and seems to have no end. "It's been on and cracking ever since I got up," Harvey said one day last week as he was leaving Atlanta, where he makes his home. Hurrying through the airport terminal, where he was greeted by fans, Harvey boarded a flight to Chicago, where he hosted a big parade and picnic Saturday. This weekend he'll be hosting an award show in Las Vegas. He's got a book on the bestseller list and is planning a comedy tour in October.
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