Beth Howard, Producer of Documentaries and Olympic Telecasts, Dies at 52

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Beth Howard

She worked on 'The Armstrong Lie,' Alex Gibney's 2013 film about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Beth Howard, a producer of documentaries, Imax films, Olympic telecasts and Emmy-winning programs, has died. She was 52.

Howard died Aug. 8 in Stockton, N.J., after a battle with breast cancer, her husband, Bruce, reported.

Howard partnered with The Kennedy/Marshall Co., The Walt Disney Co., NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, CBS Sports, the NHL, the NBA, the U.S. Tennis Association, the IOC and USA Network during her career.

She served as a co-producer on The Armstrong Lie, Alex Gibney's 2013 documentary about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, and on the 2003 feature The Young Black Stallion, both from Kennedy/Marshall.

Howard was "one of the finest producers with whom I have ever worked," five-time Oscar-nominated producer Frank Marshall said in a statement. "Her ability to handle such challenging films as The Young Black Stallion, [the 1999 doc short] Olympic Glory and The Armstrong Lie was amazing. We will all miss her laugh and wonderful sense of humor."

Born in New York City, Howard grew up in Short Hills, N.J., and graduated from the University of Maryland. She began her career in Colorado Springs with the U.S. Olympic Committee as manager of the organization's broadcasting division.

Howard would eventually work on the coverage of summer and winter Olympic Games from Albertville, Barcelona, Lillehammer, Atlanta, Sydney, Beijing and Vancouver.

In 2013, Brigham Young University named her creative executive for its network's first television drama series, Granite Flats. She also served as supervising producer for New Year's Eve at Times Square presentations for six years.

Howard most recently was creative director and producer for several gala openings of the World Science Festival in New York City, notably "Dear Albert (Einstein)" in 2014 and "Awakening of the Mind: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Oliver Sacks" in 2016.  

She co-produced the festival's 10th anniversary gala at Lincoln Center this year, "Time, Creativity and the Cosmos," which featured violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, opera soprano Renee Fleming and renowned physicist Brian Greene.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her parents Doris and Don and brother Gregg. Donations in her name can be made to You Can Thrive!, which provides a holistic support model for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

 

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