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Andrew Ackerman, a producer and executive at Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Television, died July 27 of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 55.
Most recently, Ackerman was co-exe producer for Berlanti, in charge of production on ABC’s “Eli Stone.” Before that, he worked in the same capacity for Berlanti/ Liddell Prods., helping to bring “Everwood” and “Jack & Bobby” to the WB Network.
As executive vp production for Warner Bros. Television in 2001, he oversaw production of all Warner Bros. Television series, including “The West Wing,” “ER,” “Friends,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “Third Watch.”
Ackerman began his career in 1977 at Lorimar Television and went on to supervise production on such drama series as “Max Headroom,” “Homefront” and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”
For the 1990-91 season, Ackerman served as producer on the acclaimed drama series “Gabriel’s Fire.” In 1993, Lorimar and Warner Bros. Television merged and became Warner Bros. Television. Ackerman was named to head the department a year later and promoted to executive vp in 1998.
Lou Teicher, one half of a duo that produced and performed popular theatrical recordings of big Hollywood movie themes, died Aug. 3 of heart failure in North Carolina. He was 83.
Teicher and Art Ferrante were dubbed “The Movie Theme Team” in 1961, acclaimed for their rapid-fire twin-piano and orchestral performances. They performed theatrical recordings of themes from such movies as “The Apartment,” “Exodus” and “Tonight” from “West Side Story.” The duo also hit the top 10 with their version of the “Midnight Cowboy” theme in 1970.
During their four decades together, Teicher and Ferrante sold more than 88 million records worldwide and earned 22 gold and platinum discs.
Jim Gates, a prolific TV producer, director and pioneering program executive who was instrumental in developing “TheatreVision” for the blind, died June 12 of cancer in Woodland Hills. He was 81.
Gates began his career working on classic CBS shows including “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show” and the pilot for “I Love Lucy.” He then moved to KTTV-TV in Hollywood, then a partner of CBS, and directed shows including “Town Hall Party” and 175 episodes of the original “Divorce Court,” the first TV series to be syndicated on videotape.
Later, as executive vp programming at the station, Gates moved “The Merv Griffin Show” from late-night to primetime on KTTV and other Metromedia stations.
Gates created and exec produced other late-night talk shows starring Mort Sahl and Donald O’Connor and put together a hit kids hour with ventriloquist Paul Winchell and dummy Jerry Mahoney back-to-back with Billy Barty. He also brought groundbreaking programming to TV when black commentator Louis Lomax and singer Della Reese hosted their own shows.
He formed Jim Gates Prods. in the 1970s and produced dozens of celebrity-hosted shows for charities that included the American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes. For more than two decades, Gates directed the annual Vision Awards and with Retinitis Pigmentosa International developed “TheatreVision.”
Ted Hall, a veteran sound mixer who worked on films, DVDs and the Alanis Morissette’s Grammy-winning album “Jagged Little Pill,” died July 26 in Santa Monica after a long illness. He was 48.
Hall most recently was a senior mixer at POP Sound.
Hall played guitar with Los Angeles fusion band the Fents from 1980-90, then began his career in audio postproduction working with sound mixer Bruce Botnick at Digital Magnetics, a CD mastering and editing facility. He joined POP in 1992, which marked the beginning of POP Sound under the direction of Botnick.
Hall did audio restoration and/or 5.1 remixing for many DVD editions, including the Indiana Jones trilogy, “Saturday Night Fever,” “Chinatown,” “Yellow Submarine” and “The Last Waltz.”
Hiram Bullock, a popular session guitarist who was an original member of the band on NBC’s “Late Night With David Letterman,” died July 25 in Manhattan. He was 52.
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