Film-TV producing exec and sports television pioneer Milton “Ted” Raynor died March 9 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 88.
After receiving a law degree from Northwestern, where he earned six varsity letters in basketball and baseball, Raynor practiced entertainment law in Chicago. At the same time, he founded and became president of Sports Programs Inc. The company originated and produced the series’ “Championship Bowling, “All Star Golf,” “The Best of National Football,” “The Best of Major League Baseball” and “World Series of Pocket Billiards.”
Later Raynor moved to California, where he first served as vice president, then as owner of Television Enterprises Corp., later named Commonwealth United Entertainment. During his time with Commonwealth, Raynor was involved with producing the films “Viva Max,” starring Peter Ustinov and Jonathan Winters, “Julius Caesar,” starring Charlton Heston, and “The Magic Christian,” starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr.
From 1972 to 1976, Raynor served as executive vice president and CEO of the Vidtronics Co. In 1978 he became equal partner in the Factor-Newland Corp., which was renamed Newland-Raynor Prods., Inc. after Alan Factor’s death in 1982.
Newland-Raynor created television movies including “A Sensitive Passionate Man,” “Overboard,” “The Suicide’s Wife,” starring Angie Dickinson, and “Arch of Triumph,” starring Anthony Hopkins.
Raynor is survived by children and grandchildren.
Donations may be sent to UCLA Foundation Pathway Program, 2943 Moore Hall, Box 95121, Los Angeles, CA 90095-95121.