EmptyPhilip Dixson, senior vp and managing director of TeleVest Daytime Programs, which produces "As the World Turns" and "Guiding Light," died Nov. 10 in Piermont, N.Y., of complications from lung cancer. He was 64.
Upon graduating from the Yale University School of Drama, Dixson went to work at CBS, where he held various positions, including field manager for the network's coverage of the 1972, '76 and '80 presidential nominating conventions.
In November 1980, Benton & Bowles, which represented Procter & Gamble, asked Dixson to run the programs and production for the long-running CBS soaps "As the World Turns" and "Guiding Light."
Chuck McLain, a veteran television producer, died Nov. 15 of a heart attack at Century City Doctors Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 63.
McLain made more than 170 hours of television during his 25 years as a producer and TV executive.
He produced such longform programs as NBC's four-hour "People Like Us," which won an outstanding supporting actress Emmy for Eva Marie Saint; the Emmy-nominated NBC miniseries "Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder," starring the late Lee Remick; the seven-hour CBS mini "Dream West," starring Richard Chamberlain; and the 12-hour ABC mini "North and South."
McLain produced countless movies of the week, including "Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story," starring Jean Smart, and "Judgment Day: The John List Story," starring Robert Blake and Beverly D'Angelo.
Richard St. Johns, an entertainment industry executive and producer as well as one of the founders of SBS Broadcasting with Harry Sloan, died Oct. 28. He was 77.
St. Johns, the son of Adela Rogers St. Johns, a famous newspaper reporter of the 1920s and '30s, was president and chief operating officer of Filmways from 1968-72. In 1975, he founded the Film Financing Group and in 1981 joined MGM as an independent producer. By early '82, he had formed Bercovici/St. Johns Prods.
St. Johns was president and CEO of SBS Broadcasting from 1990 until he retired in 1994.
Orin Borsten, a scriptwriter and publicist, died Nov. 18 in Studio City. He was 94.
From 1965-76, Borsten served in the Universal Pictures publicity department and worked on such films as "Texas Across the River," "Topaz," "Hellfighters" and "The War Wagon."
For television, he wrote episodes for "U.S. Steel Hour," "Naked City" and "The 11th Hour," and he scripted the 1961 feature film "Angel Baby," starring George Hamilton and Joan Blondell.
Henry Alper, a former talent agent for stars and composers, died Nov. 22 of cancer complications at his home in Cathedral City, Calif. He was 89.
In 1948, Alper joined MCA as a talent agent booking nightclub acts. His clients included Xavier Cugat, Perez Prado, the Harry James Orchestra, Jerry Lewis, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams.
William Diehl, a former newspaperman who wrote the novels "Primal Fear" and "Sharky's Machine," which were made into films, died Nov. 24 of an aortal embolism in Atlanta. He was 81.
He started his first novel, "Sharky's Machine," on a notepad when he got bored while serving as a juror in a Georgia courtroom. The book, published in 1978, became a best-seller and later a movie starring Burt Reynolds.
"Primal Fear" was a 1993 thriller about a lawyer defending a young man accused of slaying an archbishop. It was turned into a 1996 film starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton.