Vet exec orchestrated deals for 'MASH'
Lorimar TV distribution prexy Robert Morin died April 24 in Camarillo, Calif., of heart problems. He was 83. The veteran film and TV production and distribution exec was a pioneer in worldwide syndication and distribution. As head of Lorimar, he sold such smallscreen hits as “Dallas,” “The Fall Guy” and “Eight Is Enough.” The native New Yorker began his lengthy career at Seven Arts and then segued to Allied Artists TV, where he served as prexy. He spent a stint in Rome as director of foreign operations/acquisitions for RKO, where he bought foreign-lingo pics that were then dubbed for the Stateside market. Moving to the tube, Morin worked at MGM-TV, where he sold theatrical cartoon packages, including “Tom and Jerry.” Morin’s other deals included syndie rights to “MASH,” while at 20th Century Fox Worldwide syndication. He also sold film packages to TV including pics such as “Patton,” “The Poseidon Adventure” and “The French Connection.” During a long and varied career he served as exec VP of Heritage Enterprises, president of Lin-Medallion Broadcasting and founded Scandia Films. Following a term as prez of New Century Telecommunications, Morin left the biz about 20 years although he continued to consult for studios and international networks. A son preceded him in death. Survivors include Audrey, his wife of 63 years, three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.