Karl Honeystein dies at 77


Karl Honeystein, an entertainment lawyer and talent agent, died July 30 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from bladder cancer. He was 77.

In the 1960s, Honeystein headed the TV department at New York-based Ashley-Famous -- the talent agency led by eventual Warner Bros. studio head Ted Ashley -- and was instrumental in the packaging of TV series such as "Get Smart" and musical variety show "Hootenanny." He helped bring the folk music group New Christy Minstrels to prominence.

After Ashley-Famous was dissolved, he became a partner in the Sy Fischer Co., which represented Hanna-Barbera and director Garry Marshall, among others. The company opened a Los Angeles office, and Honeystein came West.

In the early '80s, Sy Fischer was acquired by Taft Broadcasting, and Honeystein became executive vp and COO of its Taft Entertainment unit. Most recently, he was president of KH Strategy Corp., a management company for independent film and TV companies. He represented such production outfits as Weintraub/Kuhn and properties like "The Addams Family."

Honeystein was on the board of directors at visual effects studio Rhythm & Hues, a fellow of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a longtime member of the Friars Club in Beverly Hills.