Janice McGoff, Longtime ABC Executive, Dies at 68

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Janice McGoff

She worked with agents, performers, managers and publicists during her three decades with the company.

Janice McGoff, who spent three decades as a popular executive with ABC, has died. She was 68.

McGoff died Sept. 9 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, following a short illness, her family announced.

Before her retirement in 2007 as ABC Entertainment's vp talent relations, McGoff was the company's go-to person for talent at the upfronts, affiliate meetings, media tours, press junkets, corporate meetings and community and charity events.

A UCLA graduate who had worked for Max Factor and A&M Records, McGoff landed a job in the human resources department at ABC in Los Angeles in the late 1970s.

She transferred to publicity and public relations in Century City, then was promoted to ABC West Coast manager of special events, arranging the network's summer and winter press tours, screenings and affiliate meetings and working with TV critics.

In 1990, McGoff was named director of talent relations, responsible for booking showcases and
managing talent appearances, travel and budgets, then was upped to vp talent relations, working on both coasts as ABC's liaison with on-air talent and their reps across all dayparts and program genres.

After the 1995 merger of ABC and the Walt Disney Co., McGoff also oversaw talent involved with the Disney Channel, Family Channel and ESPN.

McGoff retired and moved to Colorado to live near her daughter Katherine, son-in-law John and grandson Samuel. They survive her, as do her sister, Julie, and brother, Stephen.

The family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.