Billy Hunt, former exec VP of the Motion Picture and Television Producers, predecessor to the AMPTP, died March 12 in Punta Gorda, Fla., of natural causes. He was 83.

A lawyer, by profession, Hunt’s negotiation skills led him to become the leading negotiator for major labor contracts in Hollywood for 13 years, averting strikes by the IATSE and the guilds.

Hunt, who was born in Illinois and attended USC and UC Berkeley after serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy, headed the Motion Picture and Television Producers from 1972-75. He also served as executive VP of the MPAA, president of Central Casting, was on the board of directors of pension plans and health and welfare funds of the WGA and DGA, and the chairman of Contract Services Administration Trust Fund and Permanent Charities Committee of the entertainment industry during his decades-long entertainment career.

He also helped raise funds for many charitable organizations including saving the Hollywood sign.

Survivors include two daughters and a son. Donations may be made to the California Diabetes Foundation.