Roger Vail

Roger Vail, 36, manager of specials and variety programs for NBC Entertainment until he left because of illness 14 months ago, died April 23 in Los Angeles of AIDS.

A native of Foxboro, Mass., and a graduate of U. of California at Los Angeles, Vail entered the industry in 1977 with KABC-TV in sales service. He left the network affiliate in 1979 to become production manager for Sullivan & Associates, the agency handling ABC-TV on-air advertising.

Vail was promoted to on-air ad writer-producer at Sullivan before leaving in 1981 to join the NBC web as manager of on-air promotion for comedy and drama.

While in that post he helped launch promotions of such series as “Cheers,” “Hill Street Blues,” “The Facts Of Life” and “St. Elsewhere.”

He moved to the NBC programming department in 1984 to manage specials and variety programs.

Vail helped develop the “Unsolved Mysteries” skein and worked on such specials as the “Missing: Have You Seen This Person?” and “This Is Your Life” series, the NAACP Image Awards, “The American Film Institute Salute To Billy Wilder,” as well as Disney, Andy Williams and Merv Griffin shows.

His longtime companion was Brent Joseph.

Survived by his parents, sister and two brothers.

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