Neil Roberts


Neil Roberts, who founded New Zealand’s biggest indie, Communicado, and was a former director of television for pubcaster TVNZ, died Nov. 8 of cancer at St Joseph’s Hospice in Auckland. He was 50…

Lee Kimber


Lee Kimber, a longtime production manager for the Directors Guild of Canada, died Nov. 19 in Calgary, Alberta, of cancer. He was 66. He is survived by his wife, Jan, two daughters and a son. In lieu…

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Louis K. Sher


Louis K. Sher, founder of the Art Theater Guild, a theater chain that specialized in showing foreign and independent films, died Nov. 25 of natural causes in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 84. Sher, committed…


Blanche Frankfurt


Blanche Frankfurt, mother of Steve Frankfurt, vice chairman of the new media and advertising company Partners & Shevack/Wolf, died Dec. 1 in New York of natural causes. She was 91. Steve Frankfurt is…

Don Buccola


Longtime television and commercial director Don Buccola died Nov. 17 of a heart attack at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank. He was 69. Buccola’s TV career began when he worked as an usher for…

David H. McDade


David H. “Butch” McDade, a drummer and songwriter for the Amazing Rhythm Aces, died Nov. 29 of cancer in Maryville, Tenn. He was 52. McDade founded the band in 1975 and played until it broke up in…

Lila Scheidlinger


Lila Scheidlinger, mother of Rob Scheidlinger, an executive producer at Omnibus and the producer of the ABC series “Sports Night,” died Dec. 9 of natural causes at her home in Westlake Village. She…

Thomas J. May


Thomas J. May, a longtime recording engineer, studio director and manager, died Sept. 17 in Phoenix following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 76. Following World War II service in the U.S. Army…

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