Writer, producer and television exec Franklin Barton died in Beverly Hills, Calif. on May 31. He was 87.
Born in Chicago, Barton was a reporter at the City News Bureau and then headed the Chicago News Room of the CBS News Bureau. He began writing for television in Gotham, contributing several episodes to Matinee Theatre and receiving the Sylvania Award for “Throw Me A Rope” on the Robert Montgomery Presents Hour.
He came to California in the 60s and began writing for “The Law and Mr. Jones,” “Arrest & Trial,” “Judd for the Defense” and “The Virginian.”
In the late 70s, he became the V.P. of program development for CBS and then became a producer at Universal Studios, where he produced “Seventh Avenue.”
He later became sr. V.P. of television at Warner Bros., where he remained until retirement.
He is survived by his wife Sandra, a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.