John H. Ward, known as a producer and director on series including “Charles in Charge,” died on May 11. He was 73.
He died at Vista Cove Convalescent Hospital in Corona following a long illness.
During his years in the business, Ward served as a producer, director, production manager and post supervisor on television and film projects including “The Go Show,” “Nadia, You Are Here,” “Charles in Charge,” “The New Lassie,” “The Robert Guillaume Show” and “Harry and the Hendersons” television series as well as several award-winning news documentaries.
Ward is credited with developing and refining the widely used innovation of putting film cameras on video camera pedestals, thereby allowing for much faster setups and major cost savings on multicamera series.
Before moving to Los Angeles, the Colorado native did stints as a Broadway stage manager, a unit manager on “Saturday Night Live” and production manager at NBC News London. He also opened European news bureaus for CNN to prepare for its launch in 1980.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; a daughter and a son; two grandchildren; and a brother.