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March 23, 2012 |
Bob Henry, an Emmy Award-winning television variety-show producer and director who produced Nat King Cole's groundbreaking musical variety program in the 1950s and helped make Flip Wilson a household name as the producer of his hit comedy-variety show in the 1970s, has died. He was 92. Henry died of age-related causes Sunday at his home in Laguna Beach, said his wife, Annette. A TV career that spanned more than 50 years began when Henry became an associate producer on NBC's "The Colgate Comedy Hour" in New York in the early '50s.
January 19, 2012 |
Prolific film and television producer Brian Grazer has bought an estate in Santa Monica. The 10,000-plus-square-foot Spanish-style house, built in 1990, has six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, according to the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor. Title documents show that the house sold in December. The property was not listed on the Multiple Listing Service and the sales price has yet to appear on public records, but area real estate agents estimated the price at $16 million.
January 17, 2012 |
The Golden Globes awards are over, but a battle for the show's future is just starting. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which created and owns the Golden Globes, is going to war with Dick Clark Productions, the longtime producer of the Globes' television show. At issue is a 2010 deal that Dick Clark Productions made with NBC to keep the Golden Globes on the network through 2018. That deal, worth about $150 million, was to go into effect starting with this year's show. The ink was barely dry on the contract when the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
December 7, 2011 |
Fashion executive and attorney Mandana Dayani and her husband, TV producer Peter Traugott , have listed their Sunset Strip area house for sale at $1.549 million. The two-story traditional, built in 1952, is designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining. The living room opens to a deck with city views on the main level and the lower level opens to a swimming pool and spa area. The master bedroom includes two walk-in closets, an office or den and a bathroom for a total of three bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms in the 2,240-square-foot house.
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November 27, 2011
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Nigerian secessionist leader in '60s Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, 78, a millionaire's son who led Nigeria's breakaway republic of Biafra during the country's civil war that left 1 million dead, died Saturday in a London hospital after a long illness following a stroke, a Nigerian spokesman said. When a 1966 coup failed, the country still fell under military control, and Ojukwu served as military governor for the southeast. In 1967, he declared the region — including part of the oil-rich Niger Delta — the Republic of Biafra.
November 5, 2011 |
Looking to boost its international presence, Time Warner Inc. made an unsolicited bid earlier this week for Endemol NV, creator of TV hits such as "Deal or No Deal" and "Wipeout" and one of the world's largest television production companies. The media giant and parent of Warner Bros. has offered about $1.4 billion for the highly leveraged Endemol, according to a person with knowledge of the bid. Time Warner is interested in the company because it can provide a steady stream of product to its channels around the globe.
October 31, 2011 |
British television producer Mark Burnett turned program financing on its head a decade ago when he brought brands like Doritos and Mountain Dew as sponsors into the expensive, prime-time reality series "Survivor," helping to defray costs. "Survivor" is considered a watershed in paid product placements, opening the floodgates to a projected $2.75 billion in spending this year on such shows as "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," WWE's "Monday Night Raw," "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice.
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September 18, 2011 |
Kara Kennedy, the oldest child of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, died Friday at a Washington, D.C.-area health club after her daily workout, said her brother Patrick. She was 51. "She's with Dad," said her brother, a former congressman from Rhode Island. Their father, who had a malignant brain tumor, died in 2009 at age 77 . She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002, and doctors removed a malignant tumor the next year. Patrick Kennedy said she loved to exercise but the cancer treatment "took quite a toll on her" and "her heart gave out. " Her mother, Joan Kennedy, told the Boston Globe that Kara's death was "such a shock because she was in such good health.
September 16, 2011 |
The Westlake Village estate of TV producer and writer Bill Bickley, whose credits include "Happy Days" and "The Partridge Family" from the 1970s, is on the market at $4,395,000. The 2.5-acre property includes a 7,000-square-foot house with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, a nine-car garage and an infinity pool. Bickely's extensive body of work includes hundreds of episodes of series such as "Step by Step" and "Family Matters" in the 1990s. Public records show the house last changed hands in 2004 for $3,585,000.
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August 24, 2011
Frank Potenza Jimmy Kimmel's uncle and comic foil Frank Potenza, 77, a former New York City police officer who turned to comedy as "Uncle Frank" on his nephew Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show, died Tuesday. In a statement, ABC's"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show confirmed the death but released no other details. The silver-haired Potenza had spent 20 years as a police officer and 10 more as a private security guard in Las Vegas when Kimmel asked him to join his fledgling show as a security guard and cast member in 2003.