Oscarcast producer Joanna Dillon died in an accident June 14 in Los Angeles. She was 58.
Dillon had worked on the Oscars since 1999, including March’s ceremony when she served as associate producer. She also served as a producer on “Stand Up 2 Cancer” and “Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education.”
Dillon started in showbiz running the teleprompter for NBC’s “Weekend Today” before seguing to MTV and then Nickelodeon. In 2000, she moved into live events assisting Michael Seligman on several Primetime Emmy Awards telecasts, Fox’s “New Year’s Eve Live!” and the annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration.
Dillon was a generous supporter to a long list of charities including several animal rescues, and raised money annually participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the New York AIDS Walk.
Survivors include a daughter, granddaughter and four siblings.
A memorial will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 17 at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine St. in Hollywood.
Donations may be made to Reback Lee & Company, Inc. Client Trust Account, f/b/o Ford Children College Fund
c/o Alan Reback, Reback Lee & Co. 12400 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1275, Los Angeles, CA 90025.