TV Producer Ron Weaver Dies at 75

Writers Guild member also worked on 'Sesame Street'

Ron Weaver, a three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV producer who worked on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and who was part of the original team that created “Sesame Street,” died in his Los Angeles-area home on May 11. He was 75.

Renowned for his work on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Weaver joined the skein as associate producer in 1986 and served as a member of the team, which included co-creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, that launched the series. Weaver climbed the ladder to senior producer and veep of BBL, Inc., staying aboard the daytime drama ship for 27 years.

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Prior to “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Weaver served as director of operations and production services for Children’s Television Workshop, where he worked on “Sesame Street,” “The Electric Company,” “3-2-1 Contact,” “Feeling Good” and “The Best of Families.” He also played a pivotal role in the international launch of “Sesame Street’s” co-productions in Latin America.

Born in Mishawaka, Ind., on June 9, 1937, he started out as a ventriloquist, performing on local radio and TV and attended Michigan State U.

After serving two years in the United States Air Force Reserve, Weaver later moved to Gotham to pursue acting under Lee Strasberg. In Gotham, Weaver also worked as a producer-scribe at WCBS-TV’s “Eye on New York”; he relocated to the West Coast and settled in Los Angeles in 1983.

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Weaver was an active member of the Writers Guild of America for more than two decades, and in 2010, became a published author with his novel “Soul Mate.”

He is survived by his partner of 29 years, Franko E. Weaver; daughter, Jen Finkle-Weaver; son, Kevin Weaver, exec VP at Atlantic Record Group; and grandchildren.

A private funeral service will be held in Encino, Calif., and donations can be made to the Three Rivers Lions Club (P.O. Box 134, Three Rivers, Mich. 49093) or AIDS Project Los Angeles.

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