Former Universal/MCA TV Executive Edward Masket Dies

4:08 PM PST 03/08/2011 by Mike Barnes

The 88-year-old industry veteran, who helped develop such hits as "Miami Vice" and "The A-Team," died of complications from renal failure in California.

Edward Masket, a television executive at Universal and MCA who helped shepherd such hits as Miami Vice, Magnum, P.I. and Northern Exposure, died of complications from renal failure on March 4 in Sherman Oaks. He was 88.

Masket joined Universal/MCA in 1982 and also developed such hits shows as Murder, She WroteQuantum Leap; Simon & Simon; Columbo; The A-Team; Knight Rider and Coach.

Masket served as executive vp at the company until 1994. He became a consultant to Universal Television and Paramount Television from 1994-2000.

A native of Brooklyn with degrees from City College and Harvard, Masket worked for ABC in New York from 1956-68, then was hired by Columbia Pictures. He rose to executive vp of Screen Gems, Columbia's television division, where he was in charge of negotiations and production.

In 1973, Screen Gems was renamed Columbia Pictures Television, and Masket transferred to Columbia's studios in Burbank.

He was a member of the Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Survivors include children Joel Masket, Johanna Masket and Kate Masket Smiley; granddaughters Katelyn and Taylor Masket, Meghan and Jordan Smiley and Sofie Bettaieb; sister Cynthia Kaye and her children Nancy and Steven Kaye; his former wife, Frances Masket; and his fiancee Carol Krog.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on March 9 at Pacific View Cemetery in Corona del Mar, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Masket's memory to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation at www.mhopus.org.

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