Bernard Tabakin, a longtime TV and film producer, died from respiratory failure July 18 at St. John’s Hospital. He was 81.
Tabakin began his long career in the entertainment business at MCA in the 1940s. He played an instrumental role in the creation of the company’s TV department in 1947.
He became the president of National Telefilms Associates in 1962 and retained that position until 1975.
During his tenure, NTA became the largest independent television distributor in the industry and acquired various film libraries, including NBC Films and Republic Pictures.
Tabakin also independently produced various films and TV shows, including “World for Ransom,” co-produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, and “Breaker, Breaker,” starring Chuck Norris.He became vice chairman of New Visions Entertainment Corp., whose production credits during Tabakin’s stay include “Long Walk Home,” starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek, and “Mortal Thoughts,” with Demi Moore and Bruce Willis.
He is survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter.