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Former Fox and ABC Executive Dies

Dec 5, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A veteran film and television executive who was head of programming for ABC and president of 20th Century Fox has died. Variety reports that Leonard Goldberg died Wednesday from injuries he sustained in a fall. He was 85.

“Goldberg most recently served as an executive producer on the popular CBS drama series ‘Blue Bloods,’ which is in its tenth season,” Variety reports. “He was formerly the president of 20th Century Fox, during which time the studio produced hit films like ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Wall Street,’ ‘Big’ and ‘Working Girl.’ Goldberg also executive produced a number of films under his own production banner, including ‘WarGames,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Sleeping With the Enemy.’”

Goldberg is credited with helping to pioneer the made-for-television movie format during his time as head of programming at ABC. Under his watch the network had a string of hit shows including “Mod Squad,” “That Girl” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.”

“As the producing partner of Aaron Spelling, Goldberg also worked on hit shows like ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘Hart to Hart,’ ‘Starsky & Hutch,’ ‘Fantasy Island’ and ‘SWAT,'” Variety adds. “He produced popular television films such as ‘The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,’ ‘Something About Amelia’ and ‘Alex: The Life of the Child.’”

Here’s a clip of Goldberg talking about the success of “Charlie’s Angels” …

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