Warren V. Bush, 65, veteran independent tv producer-writer, died April 16 in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest.
He produced major election or special profile films for five U.S. presidents, Truman through Reagan, and pioneered a number of tv programming concepts, including nationally televised interactive test shows.
He was among the first to use multiple-camera cinema verite techniques in tv and to “unanchor” network news personalities from studio desk formats.
He was in the forefront of producing the emotionally “storied” or dramatically structured documentary, and the docudrama biographical genre, re-creating on film events and personalities not available via clips.
For 40 years, Bush was involved in local, syndication and network arenas, turning out dozens of telefilms, docus, docudramas, variety and event television specials.
He was with the Wolper Organization from 1968 to 1974 as exec v.p. in charge of development and production, involved with such programs as “The Undersea World Of Jacques Cousteau” specials and “The Plot To Murder Hitler,” among many others in the “Appointment With Destiny” series.
Bush spent eight years at CBS News in New York as an exec producer of network news and public-affairs specials. In recent years, he was prexy/CEO of Warren V. Bush Prods.
From 1960 to ’82, he produced “The Crucifixion Of Jesus,” “Showdown At O.K. Corral,” “Surrender At Appomattox,” “Say Gooddde” (an Oscar-nominated memorial to vanishing species), “Of Thee I Sing” (first, fully produced revival of the George & Ira Gershwin and George S. Kaufman musical), “In The Matter Of Karen Ann Quinlan,” “Sandburg’s Lincoln” and interactive test specials such as “The National Crime & Violence Test.”
He produced and directed Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s last tv appearance following his Senate censure, immediately prior to his death. Bush, who received more than 100 film and broadcast awards and nominations, was born in Hampstead, Md., and attended Hobart College, New York U. and the U. of Grenoble in France. A lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force, Bush was a World War II vet.
Survived by his wife, actress Phyllis Kirk, and daughters Andrea and Kathryn.