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Veteran TV Producer Dead at 79 THR, Variety

A veteran television executive who worked as a producer and supervising executive on the first season of "Baywatch" has died. The Hollywood Reporter says Robert Silberling died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79.

Silberling died after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, the story reports. Survivors include his son, the filmmaker Brad Silberling of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," and Brad Silberling's wife, Emmy-nominated actress Amy Brenneman, the piece notes.

On "Baywatch," Robert Silberling served as a co-executive producer and supervising executive on the David Hasselhoff series before it was canceled by NBC in 1990. The show continued on in first-run syndication, and ended up airing until 2001.

Silberling also produced telefilms including "Outback Bound" (1988), "The Gift of Love" (1994) and "The Face on the Milk Carton" (1995).

"Earlier Silberling had produced documentaries including 'Nine From Little Rock' (1964) and 'John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums' (1965) under the aegis of the U.S. Information Agency before eventually becoming an executive at ABC and then CBS," Variety adds.

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