Marlo Lewis

Services for Marlo Lewis will be held at noon today at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Lewis, a producer who helped create “The Ed Sullivan Show” and was instrumental in bringing “The Phil Silvers Show” and assorted variety acts to television, died June 8 of a heart attack at Eisenhower Medical Center.

He was 77.

Lewis helped found the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and shared the George Foster Peabody Award for humanitarian activities with Sullivan. In 1992 he was elected to the Television Producers Hall of Fame.

The son of an opera singer and a concert pianist, Lewis began his entertainment career in radio. He and his wife, Mina Bess, created a daily radio talkshow called “Luncheon at Sardi’s,” which ran for 28 years. They also co-authored the book “Prime Time.”

Lewis joined with Ed Sullivan in 1948 to create “The Toast of the Town,” which became “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

In 1949, CBS named him executive producer of the network’s variety and comedy shows. He helped launch “The Jackie Gleason Show” and produced “The Phil Silvers Show,” for which he won three Emmy Awards.

In addition to his wife and sister, survivors include a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.

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