Donald M. Havens, a television commercial producer, died of AIDS complications on June 19 in Las Vegas. He was 43.
A native of Alexandria, Va., Havens entered the broadcast industry in 1971 when he joined CBS Television Network in L.A. During his tenure at CBS, he served as a production supervisor/line producer for CBS Sports.
Havens also worked as a unit manager for many productions including “The Price Is Right,””The Carol Burnett Show” and numerous Emmy Awards telecasts.
In 1979, he went into partnership with Stephen Brockelman, forming Windsor Communications Co. in L.A. Accounts under his aegis included Tandem Prods., TAT Communications, Complete Post, Unitel Video, ABC TV and People for the American Way.
Havens segued to Ogilvy & Mather in 1984, serving as manager of broadcast business affairs.
He later worked for several advertising firms including WB Doner Advertising, Bozell Advertising and Young & Rubicam.
Recently, Havens freelanced for Buena Vista Home Video, producing the television campaign for the release of Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” He also freelanced for Asher/Gould Advertising in L.A.
Survived by a brother and sister-in-law, and a niece. His companion was Stephen Brockelman.
Donations may be made to AIDS Project Los Angeles.