Industry vet worked with Chuck Barris, Dick Clark Productions
Joan Shapiro, TV bizzer who worked with Chuck Barris and Dick Clark Productions, died Nov. 16 of melanoma in Los Angeles. She was 74.Born in Houston, Texas, she came to Hollywood after college and was hired by Howard Hughes as a page on the RKO lot. At Chuck Barris Productions, she was the chaperone on “The Dating Game” to escort winning couples overseas at a time when the FCC and network insisted on separating male and female contestants on overnight trips. She was also the original contestant coordinator on “The Newlywed Game.” In the early 1970s she worked for Pierre Cossette, Burt Sugarman and Jerry Frank on Super Bowl Specials and “Johnny Mann’s Stand Up and Cheer.” She later joined Dick Clark Productions, where she served as audience coordinator on “The American Music Awards” for 12 years. Shapiro is survived by her husband, “Golden Globes” producer/writer Ken Shapiro; a son, record producer, Tchad Bake; and a daughter, Kristy.
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