TV Executive, Producer Jane Lipstone Dies at 82
Jane Lipstone, a TV executive and producer of health and lifestyle documentaries, died peacefully at her home in Los Angeles on Monday. She was 82.
Among her survivors is her husband of nearly 56 years, Howard Lipstone, the former president/CEO of TV studio The Landsburg Co., and son Greg Lipstone, a partner at Hollywood talent agency ICM Partners.
Lipstone joined her husband at The Landsburg Co. in 1976, when she began her career in television as distribution and marketing director for In Search of …, a syndicated series about the unusual and the paranormal that was hosted by Leonard Nimoy.
She assumed the role of vp public relations for the company and introduced That’s Incredible! a stunt show that ran on ABC from 1980-84 and was hosted by John Davidson, Fran Tarkenton and Cathy Lee Crosby.
Lipstone also headed the PR efforts on other network series including Those Amazing Animals, Gimme a Break and Kate & Allie and more than 50 movies produced by the company.
In 1988, Lipstone began producing medical and health-related documentary films and educational and fundraising videos, including The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure, hosted by Larry King; Campaign for the 21st Century, featuring Kirk, Michael and Peter Douglas; and The Crying Classroom, with Carrie Fisher.
Through Jane Lipstone Productions, she was on the forefront of videos made specifically for nonprofit fundraising, educational awareness and marketing.
In 1991, Lipstone joined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, serving as the dinner co-chair/program producer of its annual Sports Spectacular fundraising event and on a number of committees. She was appointed to the center’s board of directors in 1992 and to the executive board in 1997. In 1993, she was elected as a Life Trustee.
Lipstone also spearheaded fundraising and awareness efforts as president of The San Fernando Valley Symphony Association.
Born in Chicago on Jan. 9, 1931, Lipstone attended Purdue University. Set up by her aunt, she met Howard in Chicago in September 1956, and they were married the following April.
Lipstone also is survived by her brother, Ira; another son, Lewis, owner of video equipment rental company and postproduction facility Westside Media Group; and grandchildren Jillian, Emma and Jack.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, charitable gifts may be made in Lipstone’s memory to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center online or mailed to: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Community Relations and Development/Development Services, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048