Jack Singer, former head of ABC Intl., died in New York City on Christmas Day from congestive heart failure. He was 82.
After brief stints at Billboard and MCA, Singer joined ABC in 1957 and remained there for 30 years, rising to senior VP.
During his tenure, he helped form and program foreign TV stations all over the world and oversaw the formulation of ABC’s Worldvision, a global network that was the brainchild of founder Leonard Goldenson.
In addition to regular programming, Singer was responsible for bringing such specials as the Academy Awards to a worldwide audience.
He also organized and instituted the annual International Screenings, which take place every May in Los Angeles. The Screenings allow buyers from international networks to come together and screen the new crop of American shows.
He retired from ABC in 1987 and remained a consultant to various foreign TV stations for many years.
Singer lived his entire life in New York City. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joy; their three children; and three grandchildren.