Exec Behind ‘The A-Team,’ ‘Columbo’ and Other TV Hits Dies

Mar 9, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A former television executive at Universal and MCA who helped develop hits such as "The A-Team," has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Edward Masket was 88 and the cause was complications from renal failure.

Masket joined Universal/MCA in 1982 and worked on "Murder, She Wrote," "Quantum Leap" and "Columbo," among other hit shows, the story says. He worked at the company until 1994, when he became a consultant to Universal Television and Paramount Television, continuing that work until 2000, the story says.

Masket started off at ABC in New York, where he worked from 1956 until 1968, and then was hired by Columbia Pictures. He eventually became executive vice president of Columbia’s television division, Screen Gems.

He was a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation, the piece notes.


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