Monday, October 26, 2009

Daniel Melnick (1932 - 2009)

Former producer and studio chief, Daniel Melnick passed away on October 13, 2009 of lung cancer at the age of 77.

Although best known for his film work, Daniel Melnick also worked extensively in television. At CBS and later NBC, he oversaw the popular comedy "Get Smart" from 1965 to 1969. He received Emmy awards for producing 1966's "Ages of Man," which was drawn from a John Gielguld stage show, and for a 1967 a version of "Death of a Salesman" with Lee J. Cobb.

After serving as the youngest staff producer in CBS' history, Melnick jumped to ABC in to become the vice president in charge of programming, where he was responsible for "The Fugitive" "The Untouchables," "Ben Casey" and "The Flintstones."

During the 1970s, he worked at MGM, first as a a vice president of production and then head of worldwide productions. While at MGM he worked on and was partly responsible for bringing to the silver screen such classics as Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979), Network (1976), That's Entertainment (1974), and That's Entertainment II (1976).

As president of Columbia, he oversaw films such as All That Jazz (1979), And Justice for All (1979), and The China Syndrome (1979).

In 1978 he left Columbia and became an independent producer bringing us such hits as Roxanne (1987), Total Recall (1990), Footloose (1984) .

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