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Longtime ABC Executive Janice McGoff Dies at 68

Janice McGoff, a 30-year veteran of ABC who was known for her deft handling of talent relations, died last month in Highlands Ranch, Colo., after a short illness. She was 68.

McGoff joined ABC’s human resources department in the late 1970s. She worked her way up through the publicity and special events departments before being promoted to director of talent relations in 1990.

McGoff was well-known throughout the company and among talent representatives for her careful handling of travel and hospitality arrangements for ABC stars in connection with upfronts, corporate events, affiliate meetings, press junkets, charitable activities, and community outreach events.

After Disney acquired ABC in 1996, McGoff’s responsibilities expanded to include talent relations matters for Disney Channel and ESPN. She was VP of talent relations at the time of her retirement in 2007.

McGoff attended UCLA and worked for Max Factor and A&M Records before she joined ABC.

Survivors include a daughter, Katherine Pitts; a grandson, a sister and a brother. The family requests that donations be made to the fund established in her name at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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