Edward Harbert II, Former ‘Tonight Show’ Producer and Father of Well-Known Media Figures Ted Harbert and Chris Harbert, Dead at 88

Apr 10, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Edward W. Harbert II, a media executive who worked at The New York Times and had a five-year run at NBC’s "The Tonight Show," has died, TheWrap.com reports. Harbert died Sunday in Westwood, Calif., at 88.

Harbert was the father of NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert and top CAA TV agent Chris Harbert.

Edward Harbert, best known as Ted, was in media for 45 years, including stints in entertainment, advertising and publishing. On “The Tonight Show” he helped design and produce talent segments, the story notes.

He was with MGM early in his career, doing publicity for films that starred Judy Garland, Peter Lawford, Elizabeth Taylor and others. Before joining The New York Times Magazine Group, he was with Hearst Corp.

He was a pioneer in the production of multipurpose editorial content for educational videos and TV programming, including the CBS News production "Science Times."

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