NBC exec Donald L. Gadsden died June 2 from liver cancer in L.A. He was 51. Charlotte, N.C., native was senior vice president of business affairs and music services administration at NBC Entertainment, where he had worked since 1995.
Prior to that time he held executive positions at CBS Entertainment, Republic Pictures, Paramount Pictures Domestic Television, ABC Sports and ABC News.
While at ABC Sports he conducted senior-level negotiations in connection with the production of the 1984 Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Howard U. School of Business and his law degree from Columbia U. School of Law.
He also served on the advisory board of the Howard U. School of Communications and the Diversity Council at NBC Entertainment.
He is survived by two siblings, three nephews and others.
Contributions can be made to the Donald L. Gadsden Legal Education Scholarship Fund in care of the First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90018.