Richard St. Johns

Exec, producer, one of the founders of SBS Broadcasting

Richard St. Johns, an exec, producer and one of the founders of SBS Broadcasting, died Oct. 28.  He was 77. 

St. Johns was born in Los Angeles in 1929, the son of writer Adela Rogers St. Johns.  After graduating from Stanford Law School, he joined the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers and became a partner in 1963.  

He left in 1968 to join Filmways, where he was president and COO until 1972.   In 1975, he founded the Film Financing Group, and subsequently founded PSO. 

He also organized the first major film sale and lease arrangement under the then new British Capital Allowance Regulations.   In 1981, St. Johns joined MGM as an independent producer and by early 1982 had formed Bercovici/St. Johns Prods. in conjunction with television writer-producer Eric Bercovici.      

In 1986, St. Johns joined New World Pictures and was managing director of that company in Australia until 1989.  

In 1990, St. Johns was one of the founders of SBS Broadcasting, along with current MGM chairman-CEO Harry Evans Sloan, and served as president and CEO of the pan-European station group until he retired in 1994.  Following his retirement, St Johns continued as a member of the SBS board of directors until 1998.   

He is survived by his wife Susan and three children.

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