Plane crash kills MCA video prez

MCA Home Video president Robert Blattner, 40, was among three people killed in the crash of a private plane in Colorado Saturday. Also killed were unit publicist Dale Berliner, 32, and the pilot, Kevin James, 35, of Salt Lake City.

Cause of the crash has not been determined but reports indicate bad weather may have been a factor. The twin-engine plane was en route from Canyonlands Airport near Moab, Utah, to Grand Junction, Colo.

Blattner was returning from the wrap of location shooting near Moab for “Slaughter of the Innocents,” a Shapiro Glickenhaus production that MCA/Universal is to distribute on video following a theatrical release.

A source in Colorado said Blattner and Berliner were among a number of MCA and SGE people present for the wrap and that Blattner had opted to return to L.A. early to be with his children on Halloween.

He was named president ofMCA Home Video in January 1989, and was given the additional title of VP, MCA Inc., in December 1990. He was previously president of RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video.

One of the creators of the homevideo business, Blattner was VP/general manager of Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment in the late 1970s and early 1980 s, and was named VP/general manager of RCA/Columbia when it was formed in 1982.

Survived by his wife, Pam, and two children.

Plans for services will be announced shortly.

Berliner is survived by her husband, Richard Berliner, and two children.

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