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William Derman

William Derman, a retired TV writer who worked with such stalwarts as Milton Berle, Jim Backus and Sid Caesar, died Jan. 21 in Sherman Oaks of prostate cancer. He was 80.

In addition to his writing credits, Derman was the creator and executive producer of the early 1960s gameshow “Beat the Odds.”

He is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.

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