Norman Campbell

Canadian TV pioneer

Canadian TV pioneer Norman Campbell died April 12 following a recent stroke. He was 80.

Born in Los Angeles, Campbell joined CBC Vancouver as a radio producer in 1948. Four years later, he moved to Toronto to produce some of CBC-TV’s first broadcasts.

Campbell eventually developed a reputation for adapting ballet productions — most notably with the National Ballet of Canada — for the small screen. In 1966, he won an award for his production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Campbell also won Emmy Awards for “Cinderella” in 1970 and “Sleeping Beauty” in 1972.

Also a composer, Campbell wrote for CBC musical comedies and co-wrote the CBC-TV musical “Anne of Green Gables” with Don Harron. That production was adapted for the stage at the 1965 Charlottetown Festival and subsequently became an annual event.

Although he remained in Canada, Campbell also journeyed south of the border to direct TV specials for Diana Ross, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams, as well as episodes of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “All in the Family.”

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