Bob Bardo, Longtime Executive for Dick Clark Productions, Dies at 71

Bob Bardo - P 2015
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Bob Bardo - P 2015

Earlier, he produced ABC’s 'General Hospital' and won a Daytime Emmy.

Bob Bardo, an executive in charge of production at Dick Clark Productions who worked for the company for nearly two decades, has died. He was 71.

Bardo died Dec. 20 in Studio City, DCP senior vp Liz Morentin Bookasta announced Monday.

As “executive in charge” for DCP, Bardo was involved in the expansion of the Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and the Golden Globe Awards.

He was a confidant to Dick Clark and Fran La Maina, and his responsibilities continued to grow under Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and Orly Adelson until he left the company in 2013. 

In 2002, Bardo joined DCP as executive in charge of production, where he oversaw the budget, planning, staffing and logistics for virtually all of the live and videotaped programming produced by the company from 2001-13.

Starting in 1994, he worked at DCP on a freelance basis as a coordinating producer, production executive or associate producer.

In the late 1990s, Bardo also helped NBC launch the daytime soap operas Sunset Beach, produced by Aaron Spelling, and Passions. Earlier, he served for eight years as coordinating producer on ABC’s General Hospital and won a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding drama series.

A native of Potsdam, N.Y., Bardo worked at WABC-TV in New York and then KABC-TV in Los Angeles, where he learned production, budgeting, operations and administration.

He served as an unit manager on The Lawrence Welk Show and Let’s Make a Deal, and in 1983 he was hired as a production manager by KCET.

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