AFM founder Norman Katz dies

Also was president of Warner Bros. International

Norman Katz, a founder of the American Film Market and a former president of Warner Bros. International, died Jan. 25 at his home in Santa Monica. He was 90.

After a stint at Discina International Films, Katz joined Warner Bros. in 1953 and stayed there 20 years. He later worked in the independent sector as president of Cinema Arts (1974-79) and American Cinema (1979-82).

While selling American films to international territories through his Norkat Co., he became founding member of the American Film Marketing Assn., which he chaired from 1985-87.

AFM was a U.S. response to European film markets such as Cannes and MIFED.

Katz attended some 50 consecutive Cannes festivals starting with its founding in 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothea; children Raissa, Jonathan, Phillip, Theodore and Stacey; 14 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Donations may be made to OPICA Adult Day Services and Counseling Center in Los Angeles or the West Coast Children's Clinic in Oakland, Calif.
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