Ivan Bernstein, former general manager of post-production house the Post Group, died Jan. 9 of AIDS at his home in Miami. He was 45.
Known as the general manager and creator of the first post-production facility at Disney World, Bernstein oversaw post-production of “The New Mickey Mouse Club,” along with the “Siskel and Ebert Academy Awards Specials,” among other programs.
A native of New Jersey, Bernstein began his professional career as a manager of the New York punk club Max’s Kansas City. He also played in the band “Ivan and the Terribles,” which first performed at CBGB’s with an introduction by Frank Zappa.
Bernstein moved on to work for Lorne Michaels at Broadway Video. In the mid-’80s, he was hired by the Post Group, Los Angeles, where he oversaw operations teams for “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The American Music Awards” and MGM Home Videos.
In 1991, Bernstein retired after being diagnosed with HIV. He moved to Miami, where he helped establish the AIDS activist org Act-Up. In 1997, he was hired by NARAS to oversee Florida’s programs and operations for the Grammys. He retired for the final time in 1999, after his health declined.
Bernstein is survived by his parents and a sister.