Put together movie, TV deals in the '50s, '60s, '70s
Entertainment legal eagle Harold Berkowitz, who put together major movie and TV deals in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s died April 10 in Los Angeles of a stroke. He was 92.
Berkowitz was a senior partner with Kaplan, Livingston, Goodwin, Berkowitz & Selvin and later with Loeb & Loeb. He helped cobble together TV deals for such shows as “Flipper,” “All in the Family” and “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.”
Berkowitz was born in the Bronx in 1918 and entered City College of New York at 16. Working his way through NYU, he earned a law degree before moving to California in 1942.
“He was a superb international and domestic entertainment attorney with a thriving practice in Beverly Hills and Paris,” said his daughter Kathy Monkarsh.
Working with studios and talent agencies, he helped pull together projects involving producers including Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, Norman Lear, Ivan Tors, Ed Friendly and George Schlatter. He also repped Zanuck/Brown Prods., Stanley Donen, Blake Edwards, Jack Lemmon and Robert Mitchum among others, Monkarsh said.
Survivors include his life partner, Connie Austin; four children and five grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Vista Del Mar, 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064.