Eugene E. “Tim” Scott, media pioneer and television producer, died Sunday June 15 in L.A. He was 71.
Scott was born in St. Paul, Minn., and moved to Los Angeles in 1954 where he earned a B.A. in film from UCLA.He became an executive in charge of production on classic television programs such as “Gunsmoke,” “Maverick,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “G.E. Theater.” He also had responsibilities regarding production of TV ads for such companies as G.E., Procter and Gamble and General Foods.
In the 1960s and ’70s, Scott co-founded Qualis Prods., where he developed and/or produced in partnership with Fox, MGM, private investors and other production companies network series, specials and pilots.
The late 1970s found Scott pioneering a U.S. interactive concept that later evolved into the Home Shopping Network. He also consulted and co-produced for cable networks and advertising agencies, developing more than 40 projects for network and theatrical distribution while with TVL Prod., a subsidiary of National TV Log.
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He branched into new territory in the ’90s, serving as chairman of the executive committee for the National Cycle League Intl., where he designed a race format compatible with TV.
Most recently, Scott was the national sales manager for a new TV production tool called the PixBox, which its proponents say packs the functions of a TV remote truck into a suitcase.
He is survived by six children and eleven grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday June 18 at St. Martin of Tours Church in Brentwood, Calif.