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Julian Fowles, a film and television producer and Hollywood executive, died Saturday at a Miami hospital. He was 76.
Fowles’ died in his sleep while recovering from a stroke, his longtime colleague and friend William Immerman told The Hollywood Reporter.
Educated at Harvard Law School, Fowles initially became an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, followed by serving as a contract attorney at Universal, Columbia and 20th Century Fox in California.
Early in his career, Fowles worked at public broadcasting station KCET as executive producer of local programming, where he produced Eleanor: In Her Own Words starring Lee Remick as Eleanor Roosevelt, which won a Los Angeles Area Emmy and was picked up by PBS for its American Playhouse Series.
He also produced Daniel Petrie’s TV movie Mark Twain and Me — which won a Primetime Emmy for outstanding children’s program, among other awards — and co-wrote and produced The Light Stuff. At KCET, Fowles played a key role in seeking programming that was representative of Latino, Black and Asian communities.
Upon leaving KCET, Fowles oversaw the TV division at Esparza/Katz Productions and produced films including action thriller Butter, family drama The Sweetest Gift and John Stamos starrer Captive.
Fowles also served as an officer and trustee of the Hollywood Arts Council.
Memorial plans for Fowles will be announced later. Survivors include his wife, Gallena.
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