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TV exec Charles Tolep dies at 70

Distribution pro spent 18 years at Viacom

TV distribution exec Charles Tolep died Dec. 16 of cancer in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 70.

Tolep attended Brooklyn College, and went to work for Screen Gems, at the time the TV division of Columbia Pictures. He rose to director of worldwide TV distribution, where he was responsible for dubbing films and TV shows for distribution around the world.

In 1969, he moved to Viacom, where he became VP and general manager, heading up worldwide TV distribution, licensing and merchandising as well as theatrical distribution. He launched the video department for the company, and was responsible for cable sales. After 18 years at Viacom, he started his own company Chato Enterprises, marketing and acquiring films for worldwide distribution. Tolep was a longtime attendee of MIFED, MIP-TV, the AFM and the Cannes film festival.

He is survived by his wife Lynne; sons Kenneth and Don, a TV exec; and three grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Israel Tennis Centers, 3275 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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