Television production executive Robert “Bob” Claude Bardo, the longtime executive in charge of production for Dick Clark Productions, died December 20 in Studio City, Calif. He was 71.
He was the confidant to Dick Clark and Fran La Maina, and his responsibilities continued to grow under Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and Orly Adelson until his departure in 2013.
He was involved in DCP’s expansion of the Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and the Golden Globe Awards.
Bardo joined the staff of DCP in 2002 as executive in charge of production, overseeing the budget, planning, staffing and logistics for virtually all of the live and videotaped programming produced by the company from 2001 through 2013. From 1994-2001 he worked on a freelance basis as a coordinating producer, production executive or associate producer on many of the company’s productions. During that period, when he was not working for DCP, Bardo helped NBC launch production on two new soap-opera series, Aaron Spelling’s “Sunset Beach” and NBC Studios’ “Passions.”
Prior to 1994 he was coordinating producer on ABC’s “General Hospital” for eight years. In that time he won a Daytime Emmy as part of an award-winning “General Hospital” show in 1995 and garnered several other Emmy nominations.
Born in Potsdam, N.Y., he began his broad-based career in radio and TV broadcasting working in engineering, operations, administration and sales at the local station level. Later he moved to similar positions at ABC-TV in New York. After being transferred to ABC in Los Angeles, he got involved in production, budgeting, operations and administration. As a unit manager he worked on “The Lawrence Welk Show” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”
In 1977 he left ABC and went to work as the general manager at Pacific Video Productions, where he worked until 1982. In 1983 he was hired as a production manager at PBS station KCET, where he worked on several shows and a telethon. In 1985 he started as an associate producer on “General Hospital.” He was promoted to coordinating producer in 1988 and continued until 1994.