Variety Staff

Alex Dreier


Radio and TV news broadcaster Alex Dreier, whose thunderous commentaries and passionate delivery earned him the nickname “The Voice,” died Sunday in Rancho Mirage of natural causes. He was 83. During…

  • TV

Daytime Emmy nominations


DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM “All My Children,” Conal O’Brien, Angela Tessinari, Robert Scinto, Casey Childs, directors; Karen Johnson, Shirley Simmons, Barbara M. Simmons, Harriet W. Goldstein, Terry…

Richard Collier


Richard Collier, who appeared in more than 1,000 television shows, and such movies as “Hello, Dolly!” and “Blazing Saddles,” died Saturday at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in L.A., where…

Bill Lewis Downer


Bill Lewis Downer, a major figure in American music publishing for four decades, died Feb. 26 of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. Downer rose through the music-publishing ranks in…

Janet Reed


Former ballet dancer and teacher Janet Reed, who influenced generations of ballet dancers through her performances and teaching, died Feb. 28 of a stroke in Seattle. She was 83. Reed came to…

  • Biz

Kirch raises brass


German media heavyweight the Kirch Group has upped its top personnel to join founder Leo Kirch in managing the newly created centralized Kirch Holding, which is designed to bring the previously…

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