Prolific TV producer and director Gene Weed, who began his career as a highly rated radio disc jockey in Los Angeles during the 1960s, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Chatsworth. He was 64.
Weed, who served as senior VP of television for Dick Clark Prods., helped develop, produce and direct numerous TV series, specials and annual events. For many years, he produced or directed the “Golden Globe Awards,” “The Academy of Country Music Awards” and “The Soap Opera Digest Awards.”
Other TV specials of note produced or directed by Weed include: “Farm Aid III and IV,” “The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars” and the three-hour “Live Aid” concert for ABC.
Before joining Dick Clark Prods., Weed was a producer and director of music videos when they were in their infancy. He worked with such recording artists as Glen Campbell, the Fifth Dimension, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Debby Boone.
Weed also produced or directed hundreds of TV commercials and dozens of industrial and sales presentations.
Born April 12, 1935 in Dallas, he embarked on a career as a disc jockey while attending North Texas State U.
He spent the next 15 years as one of the most highly rated air personalities in every market he worked in, including Dallas, Miami, Omaha and Los Angeles.
During 1964-65, he segued into television, hosting the half-hour nationally syndicated TV show “Shivaree,” which aired in more than 150 markets in the U.S. and seven countries internationally. The show aired for three years.
Weed also narrated the album “Interviews from the Class of ’55,” which garnered a Grammy as the best spoken word album of 1986. He also produced and directed the taping of that event, which aired as a TBS special, “Coming Home: A Rockin’ Reunion.”
Weed was involved with numerous charitable projects and produced events for AMFAR, the AIDS Research Foundation and L.I.F.E., the hunger-fighting org headed by Dennis Weaver and Valerie Harper.
Weed is survived by his wife of 23 years, Toni, seven children, a brother and a sister.
Funeral arrangements are pending.