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Pioneering Syndication Executive–Who Had a Hand in ‘Love Boat’ and ‘Donahue’–Dead at 86

Jul 6, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A top TV syndication executive who was a president of ABC Films in the 1960s and a driving force behind the launch of the National Association of Television Program Executives has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hal Golden died June 30 at his home in Capistrano Beach, Calif. He was 86.

Golden was a syndication pioneer, convincing talk show star Phil Donahue to move his fledging program from Dayton, Ohio, to Chicago, where it became a national hit. Golden was also responsible for getting the ABC series "The Love Boat" into syndication.

Along with his early work with NATPE, Golden was a founding member of the Association of Program Distributors. He is survived by his children, Richard, Margery and Donald, and two grandchildren.

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